I wished so hard that I could spread my wings,
but I was held by all those needing me.
I pushed hard at the many stifling things,
that made no difference that I could see.
Shackled by my siblings, who take their turn
at leaving home as I stay, frustrated.
I wanted so much to get out, to learn
the secrets that made them so elated.
Then yesterday I took that leap of faith,
and packed my bags to leave my childhood home.
I saw it truly, my coming of age,
as the first real steps of a freedom grown.
I leave behind the treadmill of caring,
and I gather to me all future days.
I look to my dreams, in hopes of sharing
some aspects of my life. Maybe. Some day.
Written 13/05/2009. Published in Poetry.com, 2013.