A poem I wrote after having gone through an intensive training weekend.
Unknowing, I came upon men of seeming dark intent,
It seemed they wanted to strip me of things I’ve never willingly spent.
I was pressed by a will beyond my own, so in search of truth unspoken,
Reduced to subservience, timeless, weaponless, and broken.
In a state of unknowing I finally found broken sleep in anticipation.
Awoken rudely I remembered and forgot, confused, angry, and bereft of inspiration.
I approached the day willingly among companions just met, though I seem to have known for a lifetime.
Senses overloaded, I faced myself willingly, finding a shadow and entering the circle at just the right time.
Reborn and uplifted, I continued the journey into darkness, anticipating an ending.
Foreign revelry I faced first enraged with angry passion, my ego pressing hard against my defenses.
Overloaded, I slept fitfully, awakening in dazed bewilderment, wondering what would come to be.
Profoundly changed, I faced the new day bravely and ran head first into me.
I am a man among men exposed and exalted my mission is finally clear.
I was buoyant with the energy of unconditional love and new brothers each of whom I hold dear.
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