Trapped in a cave for all of my years,
Seeing only darkness, knowing only fears,
Seeking liberation yet finding no reprieve,
I’ve lost the will to hope, and nearly to believe.
My only companion is one they call loneliness
Though recently I’ve met the one who calls himself hopelessness.
Sopping I huddle in my tears and in my sweat,
I’ve tried to regain courage but haven’t any yet.
The only thoughts I know are borne of darkness and despair;
They come to me, I reckon, because there’s no one there.
Long ago I gave up the tally of the days
That I have been alone down here, submerged in all the haze.
My eyes have grown accustomed to the fringes staring back,
But still the only thing I see is this pressing black.
I’ve lost my sense of hearing to the voices of the night,
My limbs have all grown numb and I’ve lost my sense of sight.
I only crave salvation, for someone to draw near,
Though I wouldn’t know a human voice from the devil’s in my ear.
I feel I’ve come to accept that this is now my home,
This cave that overwhelms me and I are all alone.
I’ve never met the daytime, for all I know is night,
I often sit and wonder what is this thing called light.
Oh how I yearn for the sun to warm my heart
But I’m afraid the sky and I will always be apart.
The only one I’ve ever touched is one they call the ground;
I grope for the hand of another but no one else is found.
I seek a revelation, for some small glimpse of glory,
For something that might actually give substance to my story.
Nonetheless I linger here, withering at the bottom of this well,
I soon predict this sunken hole will burrow straight to hell.
Alone in the darkness I wallow, in permanent dismay,
I deserve this grave I sit in, and here is where I’ll stay.
Beautiful, brilliant and inspiring of a hallelujah chorus.