an inverse peak, a reversed height,
ive reached a depth, no sign of life,
darkness of which ive no insight
the previous paths had fainted light

but this abyss so hollowed, hallowed,
speaks of a fate so galled and gallowed
the way down slicked, greased, and tallowed
swallowing where once were shallows shadowed

echoes. echoes! blungeoning, please!
send me a blade to plunge in deep!
baptize its steel in a reddened sea!
with its wave after wave crawling over me.

-m.p. 11/01/2016