She spread out the map,
pressed it against the wall
and saw all the roads and places
– all the roads that would take her away from this place
– all her ways out and far away.
So easy, so intertwined ,
reaching all over
leading north, leading back.
She took a deep breath and thought.
She thought, no matter how far north she walked,
no matter how many paths she followed
that promised to lead her away.
She knew in the back of her head,
somehow these roads would all bring her back
to stand right in front of this wall.