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It dawned on me

I had a choice to make

To cling on to the side of a sinking boat

Heavy with failures and regrets and well-worn grooves

Leading to the same dead ends


Or close my eyes

Let go and

Swim to the shore

Of a place I didn’t recognise

Didn’t yet call home

But one day maybe could

It required practice

Its unfamiliarity frustrating

Its lessons hard to grasp

Like being underwater

Searching for breath 

So I unfurled my iron grip

Cast myself off 


For this adventure

This risk

Is worth it all