Paths

They say our paths are written.
Who then writes my path, I say?
Show yourself.
Tell me your reasons.
Must you test me once more?
I find myself asking, have I not proved myself thus far?
My heart is pure and my will is strong, yet my mind is…
My mind is…

No!

You fill my mind with questions; try to cloud my better judgment
But my mind is clear now.
I’ve been here before, I recognise this place.
It was darker before, much darker, but I know it too well.
I was kicked to the floor, tormented and downtrodden
But still I arose.
I turned that corner you laid there before me
Turned and became a better man, a stronger man.

This path you write is not easy.
You may test me, but still I will not be beaten.
You see, I am strong now… you made me strong
If you must try me again then watch as I pick myself up,
Dust myself down and turn this new corner.
For I have a goal, a place to get to on this path that you write.
My goal is sweet,
My goal is my one desire.
She has a gift for me and I a gift for her.

I pause for a moment on this path of mine, my anger subsiding.
Reaching out, I draw a line in the sky
My fingers tracing the lines of her face from memory.

I smile.

Emotion shoots through my body as if caressing her face for the first time.
I see her eyes,
Smell her hair and feel her cheeks, her soft lips…

But then I am forgetting myself, for you know her face well
If it is true that you have written my path, then you have written hers too.
You had already planned for our paths to meet
To be entwined, like snakes, as lovers for all time.

I realise we are like pawns in your game
But you know my mind now, you know my next move.
You may lay a difficult path,
But I will not stray; I will not turn back and seek the easy route home.
Your reasons are clear now
And my goal is insight.

So, watch now as I step forward on this path that you write.

Paths

Paul Tupman

Melbourne, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

If life is too easy then perhaps you are not trying hard enough for something you really desire.

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