Falling Awake

4/15/10

Falling Awake

Suddenly the world is wide open
I find I’m no longer confined

To the tiny hell I had constructed
The walls I’d been hiding behind

I’m moving into something unknown
This is so unfamiliar, this light

Compared to the darkness I’m used to
I was blind and now I have sight

I’m baffled by all of this beauty
The vibrance and movement out here

The feelings I’m feeling are frightening
In fact, all I’ve known is fear

But now my senses are stirring
With new and intriguing sensations

Sometimes if I let myself breathe
I touch in on momentous elation

After so long I’m finally here
Though of course, the change came with pain

It was worth it to finally find freedom
The losses don’t compare to the gains

It’s a little like falling awake
Coming out of a hypnotic sleep

There’s a chasm between dying and living
And I’m ready to take the leap

© Sarah Henderson 2010

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About writingforrecovery

Sarah is a writer and poet who speaks out about issues that make people uncomfortable. Sarah advocates for causes such a sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness, and often speaks openly about her own experiences. She is determined to abolish the stigma associated with these issues and believes that it starts with people telling their stories, so she started a blog called Writing for Recovery where people can do just that. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and is currently at work on her fourth. She is convinced that there's a novel somewhere in her, and occasionally picks at the chapters so far. View all posts by writingforrecovery

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