if i understood

how to open my eyes

would i dare to gaze

beyond the fragile strands

that define the only

place i’ve ever known

to examine the fires

which once heard

call me to walk

into the flames

without fear

as the flesh i so love

is stripped away, melted

mingled with the ash

of yesterday’s footsteps

breaking, falling

into a thousand pieces

as the resounding truth

carries me from this life

the only one

i have ever known