It requires some time,
Some space in which to expand or contract,
It requires patience and a cool head.
It also requires proximity,
It can’t be done from any great distance,
Or remotely, or by proxy.
It requires co-operation,
You’ll need to have a partner on the inside,
Someone who knows what’s what.
Still, it’s you who has to do it,
You who’ll have to make all the decisions,
You who’ll have to do the work.
And it won’t get any easier,
The 100th time will be just as tough as the first,
So don’t be surprised.
You’ll miss it when you finish,
You’ll beg them to let you go through it again,
No matter how much it hurts.
They’ll block your way at first,
Prevent you from getting back in the game,
Until you almost forget, almost.
Then they’ll toss you into the fire
Where you’ll curse their treachery even as you
Dance to keep your feet from scorching.