the way in

move the head a touch to the left
raise a hand to the shadow on the wall
stand beneath the window, where the sunlight hits
this is how you begin the search.

fill the lungs with air
untangle the thoughts, protectively coiled
be still, but only for a moment
this is how you prepare for the journey.

knock three times on the hidden door
crawl through the tunnel and don't mind the dirt
make handholds of the cracks in the rock face
and climb until you reach the cave mouth.

dear traveller with the wandering heart,
I know you long to feel again
this is how you find a way in.