Darkness Retreats

There is no bottom beneath me

Life is forlorn and fallow

Light bends and is swallowed whole

Twelve long months of shadow

Storm after storm pummels

No safe harbor in sight

Winds of misfortune howl

Each day requires all my might

Drifting around the drain

A hand reaches thru the riptide

With the strength of a promise

She pulls me over the dark divide

I can finally draw a deep breath

Bounding upward from pressure below

Gulping life by frantic inhales

Free of the gripping undertow

The clouds recede revealing the stars

Floating in the ether, the Milky Way

Raining sparkles around us

Out of the darkness a new day


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