I never knew a laughter that could bend me silly.
I never tasted a fulfillment that could make me lick my lips.
I never came across my own shadow and played hide and seek just for fun.
I never talked out loud and learned something.
I never sang until my throat dried.
I never knew peace in silence.
I never knew love without expectation.
I never paused long enough to smell the rain.
Until I knew me.
One simple day when I was alone, I unwrapped myself like a child stealing a peek at a present.
At first I laughed … bent over and silly.
Then, I dug in and tore away the layers.
I played with the shadows until they were all found.
I talked out loud until I began to speak truth.
I danced around and sang so loud it made sense.
Then, I grew quiet and found love.
And then it rained.
And now, I know.