Beneath the liquid mirror's shimmer-light
swim sights no open eyes would soon invite
- a dare of nature: dive inside to know
or else attend reflection's magic show.
Submerge to learn firsthand what wonder waits,
but what of risk, regret, of tempting fates?
Such knowledge promised with potential price
- enough to make an anchored mind move twice.
To live with lies or leave your shore for truth
- no ultimatum fit for age or youth
- and yet, should one be fast, delay too long,
bewitching spells of swelling siren song.
And either way, obscure allures ensure:
a life beguiled, which seems at least secure,
or delving past the last exhausted breaths
for a glimpse of wisdom's mythic depths.
The hero must decide: descend or dwell.
Potential heaven, proven hell. Choose well!
The Choice © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.
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Submitted: April 20, 2019