Peel back layer after layer they plead,
and you will uncover your true nature
in all its power and potency.
The new religion, without recourse
to dark powers or unknown light.
The mystery lies within,
and must be faced alone,
as the end is.
Within, deep below the surface
where light loses the battle
and must be focussed without mercy,
where an entire lifetime
of cause and chance and choice
presses on every square centimeter of soul
and a brittle shell wraps around the core of cores.
What if there is no center ?
Are we condemned to sit
crosslegged and crouched,
a captive crippled form ?
Daubing silted experience
on a doomed framework.