Secret Routes & Reasons

She had often found herself
In these dead-end places
With no way to ever return
To reclaim what had passed

Sacrificing herself repeatedly
Giving away large portions
With unrequited dedication
On other people’s behalf

Enough had been enough now
The little apparently left over
Had to prove sufficient, plus
The dye had since been cast

New routes were deep secrets
Never to be spoken out loud
But led one step at a time
Into more desirable paths

She’d left things behind
And situations and people
And only brought with her
Imperatives that would last

It was out at her wits end
She finally found the courage
To move into a direction
Filled with reasons to laugh

Ria 2018