Though certain pains may shadow you now

they are not yours to keep.

They aren’t your kin, nor your blood and bone.

The attachments you’ve known, some will change. Lovers will reveal their true faces, some growing more beautiful, others becoming more grotesque and distorted.

You’ll carve your spine into a divining rod and learn to guide yourself towards calmer, more faithful waters.

All the bizarre and beastly skins you’ve inhabited, you’ll no longer recognize.

You’ll wish them well along their journey, but explain you’ll be taking a different path.

Soon this transformation will be complete, and you’ll become the road sign that says,

rest area ahead.

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