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




Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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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….

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