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I Know One Day
by: Dana

I know that one day
all of this will be ancient history.
The present will soon fall into
the past and pull with it all
of the confusion and wonder. All
of the discomfort and pain.
Believe me, I know.

I know that one day
I will look back on today.
I will see how lost I was
and I will cry for the memory of my old self.
Trust me, I have thought about it.

I sometimes wonder
how other people can be so lucky.
Some of them glide through the years
never feeling as if life and all its components
are just not worth it--
never knowing a tear of despair
or a smile of irony.
Take my word for it, I have envied them.

Still, I know.
I know with every ounch of sincerity
that although it is hard--
that despite my soul being stretched and tugged
and beaten to its maximum capacity,
this is what it takes
to be real, to be wonderful
and to be free.

I know that one day
I will look back upon these
words that I have written.
I will remember a time
when I felt that it was over.
That I could not give
a single thing more.
And I will shed not one,
but two tears.
A tear for knowing
that I was right all along
and a tear for knowing that
I had it in me to survive.
Believe me, I have dreamt about it.

©2001 Dana. Reprinted with Permission.

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