am told. to start the day. with smiles. with gratitude. with joy.

why then can i not. start. thus...

instead i step quietly. wondering. about corners and beyond. about chasms. and. what waits within the shadows.

instead. my soul is pursed. tense. vigilant. wondering. what daemons lie in wait...

...a filled plate  ...never done nothing!

grasshoppers gate