Words catch in my throat. A thousand fears chew at my fingertips. Terror... Valour.... Loneliness. It all amounts to shadows on the river. Lights play over living currents, Her fluid movement Shifts the gleam across the waves. Courage is a trembling lip, A denial of self, A strangulation of excess emotion; Amidst temptation... Amidst the tempest... Amidst self doubt. Somewhere the steel of your jaw becomes more than a daydream. Morphine can't even ease this pain. I lose my breathe. I wait for death. And yet, somehow, I wake again.