Her life lines had been carved upon her palms during conception.
A chance roadmap, she’d wandered in cautious then reckless repeating abandonment.
Believing their measured, curved and short ending prophecy.

Until the day she discovered the bronze door with a sign that missed strategic letters.
She drew upon wintry days spent with a friend; paper, pen and their game of hang men ~~
Hours spent crafting the ability to read missing letters into words of her choosing

There was hesitation when her mind filled with thoughts of Russian roulette.
A mistaken word choice potentially could be her appointed measured end.
History had proven many things she thought whilst opening and closing her fist in readiness to knock.

I’ve read words created in my mind and used them to mime this day from another
and I can write this into being and read it back in time.

It was a man that heard her knock and welcomed her within.
He lead her to a leather covered stool and without words. She sat and stilled.
The air did not hold a hint of the thick existentialism she wore carved upon her flesh.
It was oxygen laden an entity without the roadmap of life she’d only known.

Into his timeless hands he drew hers; with the intent to create a new living map.
He held a thin lipped bottle with blood red ink and a thin paintbrush.

Crafting a new motif along the lines she’d thought held her reined and perhaps forgotten.
The process of painting the veins of leaves that rounded in the middle then tapered out to a pinnacle that reached for the light.

She looked upon her painted hands and the roadmap now reborn and thanked him for his reworking and her discovery.
Into her bag he slipped the ink bottle and paintbrush; then said words that have no missing letters.

“Now you have the tools to paint your own evolving roadmap "


Lisa  Jewell

Joined July 2007

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