Is Progress This?

Is this progress,
this decision to uproot,
cast possessions aside,
free ourselves of ties?

Can his dependency,
my dependency, endure
the transition, released
from former justifications?

We are companions
embarking on adventure,
companions retiring past
lies, redefining possibility

Or, is this more of the same,
artfully camouflaged –
a continuance of flight
from tyrannical origins?

The paths behind are jagged,
wrought with rocks and crevices
and scarred riddles, and yet;
have we not survived? Thrived?

The road ahead is expansive,
our home an ever-changing
landscape, as wide as a continent –
our minds eager to absorb…

This is progress;
we are unburdened,
free spirited, submitting
to new tests of truth.

(Poem first appeared in October, 2017. Image my own)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

17 thoughts on “Is Progress This?”

  1. I enjoyed the reading, hearing where you put the emphasis helped me understand it better. Every change or stage certainly does bring these questions to the forefront. Lovely, VJ!

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  2. There is a lot in this poem, VJ. I love the last paragraph; it makes me think. Makes me want to be open minded to future possibilities. My mind wanders to the heart-breaking events in Florida, and yet I’ve heard some say, they will just move forward, they still have life. It makes me think…

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