swim upstream

“go with the flow”

you hear it all the time

so eventually you do

because it’s exhausting

to swim upstream

against the current

day after day

month after month

year after year

it’s easier to float along

“go with the flow”

agreeing

pleasing

smiling

on the outside

until the day when 

you’re tired of drifting 

tired of the easy way

tired of the sameness

of each and every day

you feel a spark

of your old self

on the inside

so you start

swimming

paddling

fighting

your way upstream

once more

as the spark grows

into an eternal flame

and you reclaim

doused dreams

you are determined

to never

“go with the flow”

again

I took this photograph on vacation in Smoky Mountain National Park on June 6, 2011.

© 2011 Turquoise Tangles