Shadow armies stand tall,
Arrows of fire from the skies fall.
Sharply, the sun cuts through the trees,
Momentum pulls toward the path of ease.
Rushing downward, taken and clean,
Cut for the herd, miles seen.
They look content, below, waiting.
Empty stares and false smiles baiting.
A decision weighs heavy, comes with strife,
The choice to live a worthy life.

With tears in your eyes, you turn away,
Aware the ultimate price to pay.
The path not taken is beckoning,
Gut spins with inner reckoning.
The path is rough, lacking flow.
Where it leads one couldn’t know.
The next bend is unclear,
But time has come to face fear.

Take the hard line,
Steel for a spine.
Demons yield,
Resilience your shield.
Doubts fade,
Courage your blade.

Dark, wooded thickly, heavy rain.
Mud, thorns, and pain.
Hands tear open and bleed,
Sweat, blood, and dust stain.
The nights are cold,
The journey unknown, bold.

The path is lonely,
On it is you only.
But Beauty hides there,
Something epic, something rare.
Hold on to what you feel,
Your faith will reveal.

Take the hard line,
Steel for a spine.
Demons yield,
Resilience your shield.
Doubts fade,
Courage your blade.

Obstacles dispirit, remain steadfast.
Nothing breakable will last.
Fallen but not broken,
Grasp tightly the token.
With a weeping heart rise,
Just ahead lies the prize.
No longer the slave,
One becomes Brave.

Skin tough, thins with depth,
Higher toward heaven, open breath.
Illusory smoke escapes the lungs,
Plateau reached, sun upon the face,
Peace and calm in this place.
Tired and weary, but the mind clearer.
Burdens released, scars healed, empty mirror.
Grass golden, pools of cobalt blue.
Weep in its beauty, it’s there for you.

Take the hard line,
Steel for a spine.
Demons yield,
Resilience your shield.
Doubts fade,
Courage your blade.