Alone and battered, I stood at the threshold
Petrified and doddering in my new resolve
Swamped by fear, unsure of the path ahead
Should I or should I not?
Lonely and shattered, I looked at the world
A surging mass of uncaring people in motion
Living lives oblivious to the angst of others
Were they as scary as I thought?
Isolated and mangled, I took my first step
Leaving my world of abuse and torment
Stepping out from the tortured shadows
Would I be able to walk alone?
Friendless and crippled, I mustered the will
Unshackling myself from a life of indignity
Sure now of carving a new space for myself
I was a survivor, wasn’t I?