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Across the Line (Short Poem)

On the horizon there is a line.

It shows me how far I can go,
what I am willing to give up,
how much I can take,
how tall I can grow,
and who I can and can’t be.

I cannot cross the line just like that.
But one day I will be forced to.

Across the line I will find out
if I am still the person I was before,
if I am someone better,
if I am closer to who I want to be,
and what my true limits are.

I will stand still for a moment until
I find myself in the same space again three weeks later.

I will push the line further.
With every step I will become a little stronger,
and feel a little colder.

I will push so far,
I will become someone entirely different,
someone you won’t recognize.
I won’t either.

And I will ask myself
if the line truly exists.
Or if it’s only in my head.

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