The Kernel





The world out there

It’s the middle of the night, and he should be asleep in his bed

Instead he’s opening his window and poking out his head

He stares up at the heavens, gazing at the stars

While listening to the sounds of distant passing cars.

The world out there seems strange, and so dark and scary

People die in planes, or eaten by monsters fat and hairy.

Kidnappers will steal you from school, and terrorists shoot you in the face

Evil ghosts will haunt your soul, working in tandem with aliens from space.

Bank robbers take you hostage, and shove your nose into your brain

Or mustachioed villains tie you to the tracks, and have you run over by a train.

The world doesn’t really feel real, as he ponders it from the safety of his room

But he knows that these things happen, it is statistically safe to assume.

The vastness of the night, even as the stars twinkle in the sky

Overwhelms him with the possibilities, of ways to live and die

His world sometimes feel small, surrounded by just his family and his friends

But as he looks out his bedroom window, he can see the world never ends.

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