go. you don’t need someone
to tell you when to take
a step

there’s no one to push you on
the road you need to travel

listen to your gut-feel, to the
beating of your heart

when it starts to whisper
“it is time.”

your body has its own clock, hands
tick-tocking, counting measures
days and breaths

timing your emotions, your
body language and

gauging out
your preparedness

stop waiting for the sun
the rain will not stop

get ready to be drenched, because your
lungs will get stronger
as the precipitation envelops you

there’s a gong that resounds
in the navel of your soul

and it’s telling you right now,