the wild edge of longing

there is a song that calls you in

it has always been so 

It will always be so

 

this song is unlike anything else in the world

and only you can hear it

 

sometimes, it will be clear

and you can follow it easily

sometimes, you will lose the song

in all the noise of the world

 

if you choose to listen to this song

trust it

and follow it, wherever it goes

this poem is for you

 

you are now on the high road 

of longing

a few steps down this path

and you will realize

you are standing on the edge 

of a knife

obsidian sharp, cutting right to the core

of you

 

on either side of this terrifying truth

is a story

waiting to catch you, blanket around your

shoulders, hot drink in hand

reassuringly leading you back to where you

strayed from

back to the comforting noise 

of the world

 

if you somehow manage to stay 

up there

both feet rooted in this 

awful knowing

this poem is for you

 

the wild edge of longing

will cut you to the bone

and deeper still

split you marrow-wide

reduce you to the prima materia

the raw organic pulp

of life 

 

the wild edge of longing

will unravel every frayed scrap

of safety 

and comfort

you have stitched together for yourself

in this cold, ungenerous world

 

the wild edge of longing

will utterly devastate you

incinerate everything you thought you knew

about the world

and your place in it

render you down to a single potent drop

of Grief

 

and why would you stay on this wild edge?

 

because this is where your song has led you

no other reason

 

if you are still reading this

as blood pools around your feet

this poem is, obviously

for you

 

 

 

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