I heard the light crash like thunder into the darkness.
Saw the obsidian surrounding my cage
Heard the screams and wails and curses
turn to laughter, songs, and shouts of joy.
For too long
I walked under the canopy,
shielded from everything.
And the light broke
through the darkness.
I saw the sky blue swatch of sky
flecked and speckled with drifting clouds,
felt the breeze of an early summer evening
cool on my skin.
The slope of the climb
to the world above was gentle, easy
My heart rejoiced.
My will rebelled.
I wanted this light,
this blue, this breeze.
But I burrowed
further down and broke
and sent it on its way.