a darkness rising

the three of them,
they felt a darkness rising;
the shook their secret hands,
intoned a pledge —

they saw the chasm deep
and ever-widening —
from past the precipice
upon the ledge

they wanted no one else
for their involvement:
as life-inflecting,
serious and slow

they thought they’d seen the signs
of darkness rising;
and wanted it
as high as
it could go

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