not to be extinguished

you close your eyes for a moment

just a moment

for the will of the world

has exhausted you

and in that moment

you feel a seemingly benevolent caress at your cheek

in curiosity you lift your gaze to the touch

to realize the lull was intended to deceive

the tornado forming within eyesight’s range

catches more speed

moment by moment

whipping and whirling

the once gentle wind, now a raging gust

pushing you back even as you lean into safety

then beckoned elsewhere, it turns toward another target

you close your eyes for a moment

just a moment

for the will of the storm

has exhausted you

and in that moment

silence enters

you feel a seemingly benevolent caress at your heart

in curiosity you lift your gaze to the touch

to realize the lull was intended to deceive

the storm has returned, and brought with it friends

two, then three more

emerging from the dust and debris of the prior thrashings

the pushing, now pulling

whipping and whirling

until

you cannot

catch

your

breath

and you cannot

close

your

eyes

for a moment, you think to risk it all by emptying your heart

for that which is empty cannot be stolen

but then you remember

You are a light to this world

And you face the storm

and shine.

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