Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Journey
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”__ Anna Quindlin, How Reading Changed My Life
“Not a single atom in this universe is without a journey. Everything around you including yourself is a wayfarer. Each moment is a journey enriching us with experience.
Share with us those invaluable moments about your tour, trek, voyage, safari, pilgrimage or you might even recount your inner journey.”
I did not hear
my own voice for years
or maybe did not recognize
a voice of such a tiny size.
There were moments when
volume rose, but then,
again silence won out–
impossible to shout.
I’ve gained independence,
and thicker skin for condescendence.
My voice rings with resolution.
I have no lingering illusions
that people must agree with me
or else I simply cannot be
right. It is fine if I misspeak
or state opinions that are met with critique.
With age there comes a recklessness;
it does not matter if you make a mess.
Respect others, and be free
to believe in yourself, to say, ‘that’s me.’