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Precipice

I find myself on uncertain ground
Straddling an impossible horizon
On one side is day, where my consciousness thrives
On the other is night, where fatigue claims its prize
 
For years, it seems, I have longed for sleep
For a reprieve from wakefulness and the sun's piercing light
But now, as I stand astride this unlikely fission
I fear what awaits within night's unyielding prison
 
The darkness has beckoned, calling me forth
Even now its sweet siren reigns down on my soul
Oh, to just close my eyes and let my thoughts be consumed
The promise of nothingness nearly impossible to refuse
 
But my silhouette on the ground reminds me of light
And I owe it to myself, past and future alike
To reconsider day and all it provides
Before I make a choice, here, where two opposites collide
 
I can remember hope and the anticipation of greatness
Also, despair and nights spent alone
Laughter and desire pitted against resentment
An ever-tipping balance between dissatisfaction and contentment
 
No, it's just not enough for me to fully commit
I'd much prefer darkness and its long awaited calm
I will forget about day and its promise of grief
Instead I'll take night and its selfless offer of relief
 
If I take one step forward I'll be forever engulfed in silence
But I think I'll rest here for just one moment longer
I need to say goodbye to day and pay respects to light
Then I'll go forth and forget this place where day leads unto night
ashw
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