Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Abyss, Again

You never really notice the climb when you're on the way down. Sure, some days you may look up and see that the sun doesn't look as bright that day, but you attribute it to the weather, and not your perspective on it. You may realize you've gone days without connecting to another person, but you chalk it up to their busy lives, and not the fact that few climb willingly into the dark, cold abyss. 

At first it feels good. The mists are cool and welcoming, there is no sun to hurt your eyes, no noise to pierce your ears. There are no people around, so there aren't any expectations. You can sleep all day and do nothing. The chores can pile up around you and no one will care. 

But one day, you notice that every gesture seems slow, heavy, deliberate. You look down and see that your protective layer is made of ice, and suddenly, you feel the cold. 

You panic. You start to notice your surroundings. The steep cliffs of granite, cold and unyielding, looming above you in every direction. The pale cold light barely peeking beyond. The ice makes everything slippery and every movement difficult. With no one around, there is no one to hear your cries. 

Despair becomes real. Hopelessness sets in. And you begin to question the fight.  


Blogger Merry said...

I was thinking that maybe some handsome millionaire had swept you off your feet and onto his yacht. Or alien abduction, but I like the sound of a yacht better than the mothership.

Or else I figured you were hip deep in work and didn't want to be distracted.

Good to hear from you!

6:31 PM, September 13, 2008  
Blogger Keziah Fenton said...

Here's a flashlight and a blanket. And a basket of fruit and cookies. Shove over. Make some room. We can tell each other ghost stories and wait for daylight together.


7:36 PM, September 14, 2008  
Blogger McB said...

clearly emergency chocolate supplies are required. I've got some, plus pictures from the solstice weekend that prove the sun does come out in your world, literally and figuratively both.

7:51 PM, September 14, 2008  
Anonymous me said...

NO, don't question the fight. Just smack it upside the head. I've got a pick and some rock salt, and a rapelling rope tied to my waist. Start climbing, woman. There's chocolate, and light (but not light chocolate, that's always dark) at the top.

3:15 PM, September 30, 2008  
Blogger Merry said...

In honor of World Hello Day, I'd like to say "Hello Cary!"

unbas - more than one unba. Sorry, brain not plugged in at the moment.

10:38 AM, November 24, 2008  
Anonymous MCB said...

Hello Cary

12:32 PM, November 25, 2008  

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