I feel unbearably vulnerable,
as delicate as the casing that surrounds me.
I want only to remain curled tightly,
safe within my walls.

At some immeasurable point, just before birth,
protection becomes prison.

As safe as I feel here within this shell,
there is a deep call to break free.
As I grew, the walls did offer shelter,
yet I mustn’t remain behind them too long,
lest my safe haven becomes my spirit’s tomb.

I was created to fly,
but what bird can fly with its shell still upon its back?

The walls tremble now
with each new breath.
The light rises as the walls continue to thin.
If I could but glimpse that light;
make one tiny crack to peek through.

I uncurl just enough to reach uncertainly
toward the light.
A shudder, unbidden, runs through me as I brush the wall,
now the source of my confinement.

There is the briefest moment of choice,
a slight pressure.
To my surprise it takes only the smallest pin prick in the wall
to flood my cell with light.

The urge to fly overcomes all fear,
and I stretch and push,
no longer hesitant.
The walls, having served their purpose,
fall easily away,
and I stumble blindly into the light –
nothing so graceful as bursting forth!

As the last shards of my shell settle around me,
I stand unsteady in the cool air of the new day,
knowing I’m not yet ready for flight,
yet knowing I am ready for the steps
that strengthen my wings

Protection becomes prison,
becomes platform
for flight.

Lynda Allen sees herself as a life in progress. Her personal mission is to be the purest expression of love that she can be. How that expresses is ever evolving and deepening. One of the profound ways that love moves through Lynda is in the form of words. She helps hearts to open through sharing those writings and words. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Rest in the Knowing, Illumine and Wild Divinity, a novel, Sight to See and a nonfiction book, The Rules of Creation. She is currently joyfully working on a new collection of poetry and essays titled Grace Reflected. Through all of her creations, Lynda strives to inspire others to open their hearts and embrace their journey, both the dark and the light, with joy. You can follow Lynda on her blog.

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