Pleading eyes and an
afraid young heart made themselves
The small girl implored
"Don't send me to that place."
The heartbroken protector had to
brood at this impasse. Reality
leaves us naked in harsh latitudes,
melting away all of our ambition and
pushing us forth at once into
a place we do not want to go just yet.
Do we gamble with our circumstances
and trade one for another, daring to risk
an encounter with Uncertainty?
And so with lashes pointed ruefully down,
the angel impelled the girl off the cloud,
watching helplessly at the gruesome spectacle that lay below.

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