A PLACE OF DARKNESS — Poem

there is a darkness so profound

that here and there become unbound

the light is but a stranger there

its absence adds weight to the air

and yet the eyes perceive a white

the mind so wild to find the light

in such a state a man will find

his hands and feet become

a kind of traveler's tool

the road unsigned

though vision normal

all is blind

no self-reproach

no looking back

it only darkens what is black

there's panic in the wall's hard touch

and I am bolted out of such

a floating, lifeless state of will

that bades me close my eyes, be still

the darkness sits upon my chest and face

and holds me prisoner to this place

an voice arises from the night

"cast off your fear, seek healing in the light"

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