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Step one; Fall.
Down, far.
Further than you thought you could,
until you shatter at the bottom of the void into a thousand and one pieces.

Step two; Gather your pieces together.
Find only, precisely, one thousand.
Spend eternity searching for that final, missing one.

Step three; realise that you will never be as you were.

Step four; rail against the world.
Let that fury burn you clean.
Let the flames kiss away the ashes and leave you,
shining black and pure,
in the arms of the night.

Step five; Notice that,
in the space left by that missing piece of you,
a star has made its home.


~ 10th January 2017