by Elizabeth Challinor

I folded my protesting body

Into a rucksack

Placed the weight on my back

And began to walk into the unknown

Ignoring its cries

Refusing to pay heed to its kicks

Or listen to its lies

I carried on walking

Into the limitless void

Until its weight melted away

Into a shimmering pool

Of joyful, grateful connection

Elizabeth Challinor