prayer from a cave

elle stempe

 

Prayer From a Cave

Crawling out

from the darkness

and this endless pathway that lies ahead

Sunlight peeping through The Abyss

but paralytic terror settling in,

when I shield

this body from

that Same Light

that will highlight

these scars that have hardly 

healed

 

Unearthly Creatures paw and tear this Flesh

that drags upon the Ground - 

for how many meters now

has 

       all this Blood 

been 

          spilling 

                           out?

 

Sounds of Anguish

rebounding off cold Rock

swelling my hollow Hell

with Black Notions that fight to be true

 

but outside I smell

the plants of Aloe

 

and there the breeze is sweet,

birds are flying

Laughter lives

with a Brook to wash these tattered feet.

 

Oh Universe, let me feel your bountiful beacon:

bestow upon me strength to keep these legs moving,

cool crystalline waters to cleanse these eyes,

and courage to keep hoping.


poem by: ELS

photos: alex harper