If you open this door,
it leads to a paradise of riches.
But first you have to travel through
that dark tunnel,
where the shrieks of invisible predator
and helpless prey will ring in your ears,
where your every fault and sin in this life
will return unbidden to your mind
as you walk haltingly forward,
always on the verge of tripping
over a poisonous thorny branch
or falling into a black abyss,
where the centipedes and earwigs
are ten feet tall and ravenous
for human flesh.
Many have gone before you,
but none have returned,
and to be honest,
they weren’t that bright to begin with.