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Take the Initiative

Stop seeing the world
like it’s covered by a dense black fog
that you’ll never navigate alone.
Quit looking for hands
reaching out from the darkness
to save you.
Light the candle
that you’ve always had clutched
in your hand.
No, your matches aren’t wet
or damaged-
they’ll burn just fine.
Find your own way,
you’re not as blind as you thought,
and you can make it out if you try.

'There's someplace special
that I want to show you’
he told her one day,
and she followed.

Hidden in the shadow of a mountain
he told her it was his favorite spot
in the whole wide world,
and when she asked why
he said it was because
that was where her voice was sweetest,
her touch warmest,
their love brightest.

Though she didn’t fully understand,
it became their special place,
and they visited often.

As they grew older
he brought each of his children out individually,
and when they asked why
he said it was because
that was where the world seemed biggest,
impossibilities smallest,
their problems most trivial.

Though they didn’t fully understand,
they grew to love that place,
and they visited often.

The years flew by faster
and the man passed away,
so they spread his ashes in that place,
and when people asked why
his great grandchildren said
that was where the stars shown clearest,
the world spun slowest,
and life seemed most limitless

Though they didn’t fully understand,
it became clear to these people that this place
was special,
and they visited often,
because that was where life became most whole,
and they loved it
because it was indeed special.

Special (by Eris)
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