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Exit to Make a Return to Yourself

Posted Aug 19 2012 12:00am
My fabulous friend Tracey, at Just As I Am , has been facilitating a great blogging program for interested bloggers in recovery. The weekly prompts can be found at Blogging for Wellbeing and it's a wonderful way for the eating disorder recovery community to gain support, share wisdom, and use their individual voices!

This week, I wanted to pop into the Blogging for Wellbeing mix with a little something.


Last week's blog prompt was "Self" and this week's is "Beauty." To me, those two go together, creating a union that is unstoppable. When I saw each of the blog prompts, I was reminded of a poem I wrote some years ago. Though the title of it is "Exit," it's really about beginning anew. "Exit" refers to leaving one thing in order to jump full-force into something better. To me, it's about the self and it's also about beauty... beauty OF the self, beauty of life, beauty of the power within. Thanks, Tracey, for reminding me of this poem and for the opportunity to share it with others.



Exit


Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving like a flash of light
That shone once and was gone.

Safer to go than to stay,
Better to learn than to wait,
I’m going.  I’m flying.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving and I’m coming back
A new woman.

Out of my life and into my dreams,
Born once again,
I’m running away.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving like a gust of wind
You feel only for an instant.

I’m ready to jump,
I’m ready to fall,
I’m ready to go.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving and I’m coming back
A new woman.

To care for myself,
To leap into the unexpected,
To grow like a flower in the rain.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving like the moon leaves
In the morning light.

Like rain that falls from full clouds,
My thoughts cascade and flow
Into carved paths time digs into the ground.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving and I’m coming back
A new woman.

Leaves fall and bloom again in spring;
So do our spirits fall, only to again
Be replenished with happiness.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving like the seeds
Leave the swaying trees.

Like a seed, bursting from earth
So I have grown too,
A flower not yet fully blossomed.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving and I’m coming back
A new woman.

Promise is there—
The promise to experience
With a face upturned toward the sun.

Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving like yesterday
That turns into tomorrow.


Exit—here I go,
I’m leaving and I’m coming back
A new woman.

© Arielle Lee Bair 2006
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