I tear my eyes from the stars above
their twinkling brings back emptiness and loss
a way of life now out of reach.
The past haunts me
voices at the back of my mind
whispering what can never be again.
Grieving I contemplate the world below
city lights echo those shining stars
but not the pain
instead its bustling
calls to me
tempting me to seek its secrets.
Standing at my back the family home
the domesticity I rejected
it waits for me
a wellspring for new endeavors
a haven to return to
a reminder that I am not alone.
An ordinary life
the one adventure once denied me
now beckons, seductively
the opportunity to live side by side
with the one who holds my heart
sharing a single journey.
Looking up once more
the starshine now brings a smile
though I may never fly again
there remains so much adventure
along the path beneath my feet.