March into the Future

March into the Future
She left empty handed
No suitcase
No checkbook
No regrets
She left behind a lifetime of suffering
and opened herself up to a new world
No more bloody altercations
No more bruises that reached down
deeper than their physical pain
Now if she could put the past far
enough behind as well
She feared the memories would haunt her
but she persisted
she needed to persist
despite the old ghosts that clung on so tight
Her first breath of fresh air in more years
then she could recall
Thunder rumbled off in the distance
as she pulled her shoulders back
stood tall and marched into the future
© Ann Christine Tabaka - Delaware, United States
Ann Christine Tabaka is a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
She placed Third in Vita Brevis Best Poem Contest January 2018.  She was selected as Poet of the Month for January 2018 and interviewed by Kingdoms in the Wild. She lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Bindweed Magazine, The Metaworker, Raven, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, Scryptic Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, The McKinley Review.
*(a complete list of publications is available upon request)