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Passage

Sharp peppered shredded crimson rocks break
between beefy bare feet who meet the old cold plot
Tense flames snapping at the blended silhouette breathing
Cold sweat bleeding coats the dense pain of each step fought

A steady composed humming sustains every trembling moment
A ready transposed will that chooses to attain atonement
circulates an accumulation of truths learned over time
A reinforcement throughout the body bracing for the climb

So heavy now
So much fear still hangs around
As reaped ornaments
As hard fragmented hands splash
over the base
of a burnt smooth turquoise face
A friendly nightingale sings
A reminder of grace

--Michael D., Adult