Written by Rossana G. D’Antonio
Far off in the distance…a sweet ray of light.
Its beams open my eyes to visions
never before seen;
Its brightness exudes the scent of perfume
which washes the foulness that engulfs me;
Its glow silences the screams
that torment me;
Its splendor radiates warmth
which blankets me;
Its brilliance devours the bitterness
Not afraid to take a chance as it fights its way through the trees,
shines amidst the limbs, and boldly holds its ground.
Against all odds, it invades obscurity, conquers the night
…and beckons me.
The cold that shields my heart
hungers for warmth,
As if under a spell, I rise and run toward the delicate beacon,
It’s gentle and tender aura guide me
through the forest…the dark forest.
Determination and desire empower me,
As I feel my heart absorb the energy emanating
from the glow of light.
The impenetrable barrier that has protected me
For so long
Seems to collapse with each step.
And my soul lay bare like never before.
And as the tears roll down my face
In anger and desperation,
I feel a presence embrace me,
A warmth caress me…
Reluctantly, I raise my sights
And am blinded by the glare,
The glare of a new dawn which just like me,
Refuses to give up.
And the forest…the dark forest
No longer is,
For like my heart, it has come alive.
And I realize that
I no longer feel alone or lost or afraid,
For there is no more night…