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I was never meant to be this way
If only I could go back to that very first day!
If I could only see myself and what I would do
I’d instead be honest with myself and stay very true
The road I went down is so sad and dark
It took everything from me, every little spark
I didn’t know that my friends would die
So fast, too quickly—all I could do was cry
Down on my knees, I’d often pray:
“God, get me out, give me brighter days.”
I realized then I had to muster up self love
I had to really want it, keep praying, asking God above
I’m finally doing it, trying my best
Hoping for freedom, not settling for less.
If I could go back to that very first day,
I would say: “Sherri, I love you, please walk away.”
by Sherri Johnstone
Sherri participates in the Megaphone community writing workshop at the Rainier Hotel.