Put Down the Baggage and Walk Away

I look down at the floor, bags at my feet
I look to my right, more bags on the seat
One more on my lap, although it’s quite small
How on earth am I ever going to carry it all?

My flight’s been delayed; I am stuck in the crowd
Everyone seems to be talking in voices so loud
People and luggage, as far as I can see
It feels like I will be stranded here for eternity

This delay gives me time to read each tag
Which I have attached to each type of bag
From childhood they have been with me
These “invisible” burdens only I can see

They range in size from large to small
The tag for “divorce” on the biggest case of all
The repercussions of that won’t cease
No matter how long I yearn for peace

Over time the “childhood” bag got more light
As I filled different bags with varying fights
The bag for “marriage” was heavy enough
But carrying “separation” was even more rough

For a while “betrayal” was the heaviest yet
But I am learning to forgive and forget
“Anger” and “hurt” were almost the same size
All bags given by one who lives daily with lies

For the longest time what remained the same
Turning each tag over you would see “guilt” and “shame”
The longer I carried them the more they weighed
Without assistance, my burden increased each day

My knees are weak, my back is bent
Every ounce of my strength is now spent
I’m tired and ready to change how I live
Accept offers of help others are willing to give

The time has come to lighten my load
Walk tall and proud on a less guilty road
I can now look forward to each shame free day
By putting down the baggage and forever walking away

Put Down the Baggage and Walk Away

butterfly4265

Morristown, United States

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