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.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 16, 2019:
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.