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Burning

pathways

The veil parted momentarily,

To reveal a silver white shore of peace

My mind tired, my limbs aching,

I longed to melt into its lambent nothingness.

Then on the other side I saw your face

Broken was the enchantment of that sterile peace

Thrilled with the demand you made on my soul,

I rushed to embrace the arenas of war and strife,

I found myself amidst the mayhem of battle and rapine,

And clouds of darkness that loomed menacingly.

Sometimes numb with pain, sometimes happily singing your name,

I continued to fight,

And when the fires scalded me,

I smiled joyfully because I knew that it was your hand that had

Thrust me into their flames.