I’ve crossed the threshold and there sits the prize 

Within arms length yet taboo I surmise

Because although half the world owns a part

To me remains a sea’s forbidden chart


Body is seeking homeostasis

Life force balance is what it embraces

But past vaccinations almost caused death

I’m just not ready for a final breath


So I follow the hero’s journey now

Fought the dragon, made sacred marriage vow

Battled my father and the brother too

Languished in the whale belly then broke through


Longingly I reach for the source of wealth

Elixir of power ensures my health

No, says the Shaman, it will destroy you

Here I stand frozen, not sure what to do


So, dear readers, have you a suggestion

Know it’s not a rhetorical question


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IMAGE: Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia