Wiping the Slate Clean: An Incredibly Arduous Journey

Updated on December 16, 2019
heather92383 profile image

Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.

Can't believe this is happening again and again

Thought life was heading in the right direction

Had a partner to walk through life's endless wilderness

Helped to guide through the rough and ready terrain

When it was hard to fathom or see 10 inches ahead or back

Realized that the chosen travel buddy was a coward in disguise

Ran for easier trails when the pathway ended up being tougher

Than signed up for after looking at the brochure in the bowling alley

Understood that not everything was fun and games after tenth frame

Came to realization that it was better to have someone stronger

Better emotional and physical endurance levels when the road got longer

More challenging and was better equipped to cope with any weather

Not just the sunnier side of the journey, but all aspects

Was lousy feeling to become fully aware that bet placed on wrong horse

Lost the last race and was left with little else to go on, except hope

For a better future that was beyond the clouds and trees

Whether it was alone or with an interestingly curious party

Better to find out the hard truth before another trip goes awry

Sadly, no refunds to be had this time around

Have to be careful in choosing another travel partner

Intrigued and frustrated at the same time about it

Starting over from scratch can be one of two things

Very therapeutic or very terrifying depending on which

One you're looking at right this very moment

If it was a relief to go back to the beginning is one thing

Being forced to begin again can be a little like rewinding a bad movie

Or playing at the starting square in your least favorite board game

After one false move forced the player to redo it all again

Searching for a new horizon and a second chance to do it differently

Not making the same unintentional mistakes done before

Even though you did nothing wrong

Trying to see the silver lining in those dark storm clouds

Surrounding the not so enchanted forest

Stuff of non-existent legends in the flesh

Walking past certain natural misconceptions and anxieties

Looking forward only, unless it was to make a turn of some kind

Onto the Yellow Brick Road with some of Dorothy's old friends

To see a wizard about getting to the ultimate home sweet home

Don't know if I'll get there, but the trip will be memorable nonetheless.

We're off to see a wizard about something.
We're off to see a wizard about something.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      6 months ago from Washington Court House

      It is so tough starting over after you thought you were headed in the right direction.

      The grass is not always greener on the other side...but i guess something makes it seem appealing until they realize what they have really lost.

      Getting to the yellow brick road could be fun...don't know if I can make it there either.

      It is a daily struggle met with tears and happiness at the same time.


      Great write. I loved the heartfelt message...the way you depicted the other side was fantastic.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)