In the sullied storied yesterday It began Lost to the ages in a whimsical verse Gone to the ether in a mystical prose Like that, the flicker dies And like that, I am born. Somewhere bits of me resound Yet, for now, I remain lost Lost in the melancholy of stories not forgotten In the foggy pieces of hell I've grasped, I've held on to Despite the burning flesh of my embrace. Somewhere in the distant shadows I can hear the singers sing And feel all manners of their hallowed dance Their footfalls in the sand Their faces lit by the orange gaze of burning wood I long to know their joyful sound. Yet, there...somewhere...everywhere We are lost to the Wind Bound by faith not our own Held firm my mystics we have never known Scratching at the Earth... Begging to be free. What, dear Shaman friend Do I do with such a freedom? When the shackles fall and the song is all my own? Who teaches me to build that Fire? To dance that Dance? And the Wind guides me beyond the grasp of man? Who, dear Warrior within Do I love in such a free-born flight? When the light shines in I love the darkness, When the darkness comes I crave the light, Never to seek Never to know myself again. I laugh an insane-man's laugh As another layer falls, another universe is born. You cannot exist in the spaces I now go. You cannot fall when your wings are thus unfurled. You cannot lose when there is nothing left to win. Now, go, be free, and never speak of this again. Let go, She said, this peace is yours to know. Hold on, He said, and die forever in this mist. Dance around the fire of your own design, Choreographed by the Master that you are. Do not look to them for answers, You were born with all you'll ever need to know. At the shoreline I stood, A prayer uttered by my footprints in the sand, Answered by the lapping waves, Singing praise to their depths, Calling me in, as I gulped down air To breathe where no breath could be taken. Birthed by the ocean where I feel so at home... Warmed by the fire around which I dance... Cooled by the subtle breeze of yesterday... Embraced by this joyful dance of life... I walk out, slowly sinking into all that is... Releasing to the waves all that ever was... And there... I. Am. Born.