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The Deeper Well

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sleepwalking steps
through the woods at night
strange and lovely
in clouded light
a glint in the shadows
catches my eyes
you left your trinket here
at the deeper well.

this grand adventure
feels like coming home
there’s a hole in the world
that goes all the way down
was this always here?
feels like
we ought to have known.

I turned around
I stumbled away
such fragile things vanish
in the light of day
it’s like that fairytale
that childhood friend
you think you know it by heart
until you read it again.

the paths are unkempt
arrows flipped; markers pried
one always tells the truth
one always lies
but I find my way back
awake and breathing fire
your trinket guides me
to the deeper well.

this grand adventure
feels like coming home
I stand on the bridge
and look all the way down
was this always here?
feels like
I ought to have known.

the wind shifts; I feel the breeze
I see the forest, I see the trees
I can’t find you, but it’s alright
stars are out
and
the moon is bright.
my path is narrow
but laid in stone
I leave your trinket here
and I take my own.