Friday, November 2, 2012

My Choice

The opportunity has always been there,
Tantalizingly close to my fingertips. 
The time has come 
To climb the ladder  
And grasp my guiding star.
I have the ability to choose my direction,
To make a course correction if necessary, 
And I choose to move on.

I will never be content 
To live in the shadows of life. 
I want my opportunity to blossom, 
To stand in the sun and have my day, 
To seek the applause 
I so desperately want to hear,
If only for just one moment.  
I am tired of suffering in silence. 
Let me sing once again with the breaking morn.  
I cannot continue the way things have been.  
I know that staying the course 
Is a sure path to suicide 
And I will not surrender anymore.
I will not cede my power 
To some bullying tyrant 
Holding me hostage in my own life.

This is my life.
This is my choice.

I choose me.

~~~ This poem was written in response to a prompt from Poetry Jam asking us to write about choices.


Heaven said...

Great and courageous voice...I like "I choose me" ~

Mary said...

Mary, this is a wonderful self-affirming poem. We do not / you do not need to surrender to anyone else's expectation. Your opportunities ARE yours. Seize them. You must. You owe this to yourself.

my heart's love songs said...

the PERFECT choice, Mary! this is wonderful!!!

Fireblossom said...

I really like that picture of the girl fetching stars.

Helen said...

Unbelievably clear, very strong ... I love your energy, the commitment.

Brian Miller said...

i love the strength that builds in this the further you go along and the feeling of freedom there in the end...very nice is a choice....

sorry so late in coming by, i swear i thought i had read it, but...smiles.