Everything is so brilliant
Everything is so brilliant before me
I have done the work
And made the leap
Still
As I smile in my glory
And ululate in joy
I look back
And see the city burning
And I feel despair
And my heart shatters
So even though
I turn to face forward
And leap over the chasm
From darkness to light
And feel the exhilaration
A part of me
Always remains
The pillar of salt
Looking back

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