I couldn’t see
more than a few inches in front of me,
counting every breath
as the rocky walls started closing in.
All I could hear was my robotic respirations,
each second inching closer to the end.
I had to find a way through
because I wouldn’t make it back.
I reached a crevice
though which I could see
a wide-open blue space
and heavenly rays of light
shining down from above.
This glimpse of freedom
was not large enough.
So I had two choices:
To gaze out this beautiful window
at a paradise out of reach
or retreat back into the black maze.