I want to let go of fear
and live a life
of fearless badass-ery

with joy and hope
carving out
a space in my heart

large enough
to carry me and lift up
not only me
but others around me
who need the light
of my bravery

for what is brave
if not casting aside fear

of living through
the grief and sadness
that descend
each night
with the darkness

but I want
to open my eyes
to the ebony
dark sky

and see
the myriad
pin pricks
of light
pulling me in
and up

I want to fall
up toward hope