Pounding heart and feet in sync
Race from the trauma she severs the link
A journey up north is her only reprieve
The tracks lay heavy, weighed down by dreams
One step forward and generations on a line
There’s opportunity up ahead, only anguish on this side.
It’s the scenic route checkered with loss and triumph,
A journey endured- ending in wails or silence.
Coyotes abound, their paws are tethered to this place
Their guidance ensures a slim guarantee you make it across safe.
It’s torture and exhaust and watching your six
It’s darkness and fear with some bouts of defeat
It’s knowing you’re moving forward and fellows disappear on the way
It’s mustering up courage and not to dismay
The darkness befalls and the creatures prey at night
It’s seeing pitch black and a mirage of light.
One sack of your life hanging loose on your shoulder
It’s freedom and protection a few steps closer
And right when the sigh from completion is rung,
The fierce prick of I.C.E captures your lung
By: Sadia Augustin