by Hanno van der Bijl
I know it hurt. I know it was hard.
I’m amazed that you’ve come this far.
I don’t expect you to jump back from this right now.
I know the weight of the shame –
and all the lost hopes and all the lost dreams.
Seems like forever when you last felt free.
No one can change this
No one can help you
This mountain won’t budge
This wall will not move
Until you look up,
and face me