At the End of the Slide into Darkness and Before the Rise to the Surface
Another slide
Another landing
Just a moment
A quick clear pause
to survey surroundings and take inventory

A gentle slide this round
Quick and
Momentous and
To the very bottom
and carrying ever-increased importance

The very-very bottom
Warm and calm
Quiet nearly silent (muffled)
Dark yet blinding
Clarity more vivid than remembered

We are here
Now we must rise before drowning

But before we leave this bottom
We must vow
Make certain promises to ourselves
for what we bring
to the surface this turn