44: She Flies with Her Own Wings

44: She Flies with Her Own Wings

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman

She Flies with Her Own Wings

Keep up your faith to go high and fly, even after so many pains and sorrow. You can turn from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Life gives you a second change: a call to grow.

~Ana Claudia Antunes

For many years, he held her back

He told her not to dream

He was like a river wild

She like a gentle stream

She craved love and happiness

But kept it all inside

Spent her days in quiet fear

Tethered by his side

She watched the sky with wishful eyes

And dreamed of when she’d fly

Cried herself to sleep at night

As life just passed her by

Caged by life’s own cruelty

She was captured in his grasp

While he raised his hands in anger

Hers in prayer she clasped

One day her prayers were answered

For she left him far behind

Released the chains of hurt and hate

And all the ties that bind

Now she flies with her own wings

In skies pearlescent white

Loosed from the bounds of all her fears

She soars in graceful flight

Where she lands will still be seen

The world’s an open slate

She’ll write a story all her own

For now she holds her fate

At last she’s free, no longer caged

And no matter where she’ll roam

Those injured wings, now greatly healed

Will guide her safely home

~Ruth Kephart

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