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Grappling for the Light
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Grappling for the Light

 Through dark and billowy nights I wander,
fearing for my life,
Creatures creep, their tales do maunder,
they play their eerie fife.
Around each corner they lurk, they feel,
perchance that I may come,
Disillusioned by their ills I reel,
for all around is bedlam.

What evil has engulfed my soul,
my days are filled with dread?
They speak and rant and nigh cajole,
consume my thoughts in bed.
How long shall I strive in murky drivel,
my mind I let besieged?
What glimmer of hope could ever rival,
the foes with whom I grieve?

Ho! Yonder breaks a flickering glow,
a marvel to behold,
Demons chide, they growl and bellow,
from which the nightmares toll.
Though fear a raging passion be,
and grips my unarmed throat,
The potent nidus infecting me,
gives way to a more clever dote.

More poignant and clear this light becomes,
vanquished foes do flee,
Truth and knowledge opens stratums,
wherein my soul is free.
For in the light, no more bemock’d,
by sprites who’ve held me bound,
Fear and lack of knowledge skulked,
where now only truth abounds.

So hear my friend, of freedoms gate,
for you do hold the key,
Remove the veils from your eyes and wait,
for inspired you will be.
Say, “ignorance and foolishness
is not a life for me,”
For wisdom’s path and prudence,
is that which makes you free.

My joy is never failing,
for now in time I’ve changed,
No more rants and railing,
in confabulations I’m not estranged.
Once a victim of swindlers and cheats,
now tables have been turned,
My mind, its foes, it now defeats,
my freedom is assured.


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