It awakens slowly
creeping over the horizon
seeing into perception

Then fighting, clawing forward
to free itself from the shell.

the battle looms large
as the chasm it crosses
becomes wider with the obstacle
and task it faces.

It struggles valiantly
but submits to the reality
and dies.

The ego,
having smugly defeated it,
continues its rationalization down the road
into fantasy

while the vision sinks
against the recesses of the mind
hoping to be revived again
given another chance.