I Turned and Walked Away

Updated on January 14, 2019

I turned and walked away from years of abuse, torment and pain.

I turned and walked away from all the guilt, damage and shame.

I walked away from the person I had become,

Away from the face in the mirror I no longer recognized.

That once youthful face, full of hope and promise,

Now withered, scarred and full of pain and regret.

The years I wasted, the tears I shed,

The days I could barely get out of bed.

Depression so crippling; anxiety unshakable;

Day after day, I prayed for an end,

An end to the hurt, and end to the pain,

An end to the hopeless guilt and shame.

And when I was tired of being tired,

I surveyed my surroundings,

The scales fell from my eyes.

The enchantment faded,

The lies uncovered.

The door stood wide open,

and with a deep breath,

I squared my shoulders,

Held my head high,

And walked away...

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        Tamekia Wyckoff 

        5 weeks ago from Alabama

        Thank you Dana. It was extremely hard to walk away but it was the best decision.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        Extremely powerful and motivating piece. Sometimes its hard to walk away but you pulled from your inner strength and found the courage.


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        Shannon Henry 

        5 weeks ago from Texas

        Powerful is an understatement because it took my breath away.

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        5 weeks ago from london

        A powerful piece. I salute your courage. Peace.

      • TJohnson74 profile imageAUTHOR

        Tamekia Wyckoff 

        5 weeks ago from Alabama

        Thank you Janis. This is actually part of my testimony.

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        Janis Leslie Evans 

        5 weeks ago from Washington, DC

        Whew! Powerfully executed, well written, well done. Your words created movement upward, like a rising phoenix.


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