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A Journey to Belonging

She stepped in quietly

Hoping to blend

With the women in the group

Kind of slide in unannounced


 

She was noticed immediately

And greeted with the smiles

Of those who sat in the circle

Inviting her to join

 

 

It had taken all her courage

To get here today

She had procrastinated for months

 

 

Unsure of her place

She took her seat

Nodded to those across from her

Sat quietly, hands in her lap

Trying not to stick out

 

 

Tell us about you

They offered

 

 

Uncomfortable

Awkward

Unsure

Timid

 

 

She began her introduction

Gave a little bit

Kept the rest locked inside

As she watched the others

 

 

Gradually she relaxed

Realised that she was not rejected

Realised that these women

Were just like her

 

 

They spoke of things

She could relate to

That she, too, felt

She had experienced, lived

 

 

She relaxed a little more

A smile escaped

As she listened to the others

Tell their funny stories

 

 

And then she felt the shift

The connection she had craved

For so long

It crept up on her unawares

 

 

A small tear escaped her eye

As the realisation dawned

These women "got" her

Theses women were her

Just dressed in different bodies

 

 

The sigh that left her mouth

Was one of sheer relief

That she now sat with her tribe

She was home

 

 

And she smiled......


 

 

 

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