Take a deep breath and hold it now
Going down and going under,
The dark won’t drown the animal
The cold won’t freeze us where we fall.
Reach your hands out in the darkness
Knees worn right down to the bone,
Cast your words out on the altar
Take your comfort in the silence.
Drink in the brown drink in the gold
Distractions from the howling dog,
All the things that never killed you
Only served to keep you here.
See the shadows portents looming
Climbing blindly in the stairwell,
Animal upon your shoulder
Inside your head won’t let you down.
Take a deep breath and hold it now.
© All original writing copyright Chris Nelson 2000-2020