Mantra Against the Dark



A poem about being brave enough to be alone

TWS #8


Here, here I stand

I am alone in front of you

Naked and trembling

There is everywhere I would rather be

Than here bereft of all distraction

But I see no escape

I want none

The doors are locked

And the only path offered to me

Is the path ahead

Straight, narrow — leading the way from the light

Leading only to the darkness

So I name you

So I see you


I will not run

- Even though I am afraid

I will not stop

- Even though I am terrified

I walk toward you

Begin acceptance

Accept my fear

There is no other way

My heart will not beat without you

My sanity will vanish but for you

So I stand

Naked and trembling

Ready to begin

Ready to be alone



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