I wrote this poem to capture some of the feelings and thoughts when I first came out as gay at 19. I was too timid to begin this process, but a trip backpacking around Germany - my first solo trip - allowed me a chance at introspection and exploration. A chance at self-direction, it allowed me the freedom to explore my sexuality. To begin down a path where my friends, family and ultimately the world could see my honest real self.
The stimulation and enjoyment of that process allowed me to start a process and a journey that I'm still on, which is finding my authentic self.