she hungers for
the artist
but cannot endure
the artist

the would-be climber
terrified of heights
desiring the view
from the mountaintop

and so she settles for
the stable
the steady
the safe

and who can blame her

certainly not i

because the problem
with feeling it all
with truly knowing
one's self
is that there's no way
to shut it off

and in the nights
weary from the descent
and wanting only
for the eyes to close
for the mind to quiet
we must then endure
the avalanche