Gazing into myself
For a look
A little understanding,

Testing the waters,
Only asking questions…
To see what is there,
Under the surface.

Dipping a toe,
Just a quick peek
At my subconscious,
My being, my soul.

Diving in the deep end,
Trying for knowledge,
Events from the past
And their impressions on now.

Submerging myself,
Wallowing in wish-it-were-true,
And never-will-be.

Gasping for air
Yearning for the light
Surrounded by eternal night.

Tendrils of darkness
Seeping from the abyss
Hooking its claws
Into my eyes.

Blinded by knowledge
Muted by science
Deafened by wisdom
Resurrected through surrender.

The abyss a part of self
Self a slice of the abyss

Two sides of the moon
A trip from here to never there

The distance between two atoms
Across the width of the universe

In the blink of an eye
Through thunder and lightning



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Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote:

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

It can be a dangerous thing to look too deep into yourself and uncover all the dark corners….

See the image to accompany the poem here:


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 4 years ago

    A wonderful read (and write) Sybille.
    But… I don’t see any danger in learning more about yourself.
    What’s the best that could happen? You learn there’s more
    about yourself to Love! :D

  • … ah, but there are dark places. The back of the cupboard so to speak… and who knows what monsters lurk there… :-) Sybille xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    And this is where I’ve been for a while now, perfectly described, evocatively painted. Yes there are places this dark within – but…there is also light and love to discover as well, thank goodness! Fabulous work Syb. xox

  • Thank you so much Lianne. I agree, you find surprises and light in the darkness. Lots of hugs. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrover 4 years ago

    Just simply beautiful Sybille!

  • Thank you so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 4 years ago

    Beautiful and profound!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sally. :-) This one has been brewing a while… one of those things which are difficult to catch with words alone. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    Wow, this is the journey…. I mean ’ THE JOURNEY ’ …. the inner workings of the abyss strangely is the very ingredients we need to fathom to find a way out it seems to me..
    Fantastic write, had me falling in with you and seeing the void for beauty and the ugly of it all..xxx

  • Thank you so much KarenSue. I agree, salvation is in understanding how it all works together and how it affects us. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Mia Rose
    Mia Roseover 4 years ago

    Such a brilliant, thought-provoking write. Thanks, Sybille :)

  • Thank you so much Mia Rose. Means a lot. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Wow… Sybille, you have outdone yourself… this is amazing….. Vxo

  • Thank you so much Vicki. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • highbeam
    highbeamover 4 years ago

    To discover the best and the worst we have to offer, by looking within, is a sight most don’t take the time to journey toward for fear of their past and what they’ve done. You take this to a different level with the subtleties you’ve expressed, and gain us insight to our own ignorance…
    purported as knowledge and wisdom. Major WOW!

  • Thank you so much Russel. I am a great believer in trying to understand things and therefore a great believer in seeing what is there. Only by knowing it’s there and what ‘it’ is can we deal with it, otherwise we’re just dealing in irrational fears that hold us prisoner.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    Goes wonderfullky well together Self knowledge can b e wondrous and yes somwetimes a plkace we daew not look !LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz. :) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • Thank you so very much Boo. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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