I Dare You To Go In

img_2352I dare you to go in
says the tunnel

don’t be afraid of fear
says the tunnel

I accepted the challenge

truth is
I had no choice

I’m always going into
dark tunnels

isn’t that what they call
living?

one foot fumbling
in front of the other
feeling forward
into the frigid darkness

hands grasping walls
eyes strained
breathe tightened

taking a moment
to settle in fully
feel the
pitch black
unknowingness

where my ordinary senses
find no purchase

there’s nothing to do here
but listen

open heart
hope in part
stretched forth
into one knows not what

want to know
but can’t

and it’s okay

there’s light at the end of
the tunnel

one says to oneself

in an act of necessary
self-deception

that sometimes turns out to be true

but cannot be confirmed
until the light re-appearsimg_2362

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