The Journey

This journey is the beginning and the end.

That said, it cannot be decided in advance: 

So should it be long 

Or should it be short?

Nor can it be amended as you go along.

It can be straight 

Or marked with turns and bends.

It is preordained,

One must simply accept.

Depends on pure luck for which
one is chosen.

On the way there are many stopovers,

Places to redeem and gather strength,

Or drowned in despair.

But whichever the case,

Wounded and weak-willed

Or invigorated and blissful

The journey must be completed to full.