The other side 

Of a sea of pain

is waiting to be explored. 

Here is a raft

Of faith by my side 

Silently beckoning me, 

To mount it and row

Across the sea of pain. 

But there’s an invisible force 

Holding me back

A deadly fear that whispers to me 

The ramifications 

Of drowning in the sea. 

My silly heart wants to take 

This leap of faith,  and break 

Away from the clutches of dread and disbelief. 

But my skeptical, careful mind 

Almost always reminds

A little too faithfully 

Of the uncertainty of positive serendipity. 
-Iflah Laraib