without you

and I finally stepped out…

enveloped by the sun

letting him touch my skin

as if for the first time.

for once in my life,

i know who i am without you

and most importantly

i know who i’m not without you

and i’m not afraid.

see my hands

they don’t shake

when i think about forever

and my feet

keep on walking

even when i cannot see ahead.

and i know my name

it doesn’t fill me with shame.

do you know who I am?

it doesn’t matter.

because i know.

and she doesn’t run

from her shadow

she chases her destiny

with eyes wide open

eyes that have seen

freedom.

a. b. martin

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