[you’re just like us.]

did you recognize yourself that day
when the pressure made you turn away
did you know you couldn’t take the weight
and your cowardice would seal his fate

but you’re a rock, my friend
the mission is counting on you
how does it feel to know that you’re human
i guess you’re just like us after all

did you know the man that you’d become
did you calculate the final sum
when you saw her body all exposed
didn’t your faith then interpose

you’ve got the heart, my king
you’re an example for the rest of us
how does it feel to know that you’re human
i guess you’re just like us after all

did you see the fear as it approached
were you afraid of their reproach
when you sold your wife into their hands
was it worth it for that promised land

you’ve got the faith, my father
you held promises we’d forget
how does it feel to know that you’re human
i guess you’re just like us after all

[the lamp-post.]

It’s almost as though
our two worlds are separate
the symmetry strong
but ultimately failing

there’s the world that you know
in your head & experience
the one you grew up in
where everything’s safe
you roam & you wander
with no consequences
with love & protection
you blossom & grow

but we quickly grow bored
with a world so familiar
we crave an adventure
a way of escape
so we chase an external
world to our own
something quite different
to all that we’ve known

this new world is magic
its mystery pulls
strange creatures and people
set up a new norm
it’s dangerous, frightening
it’s vast & unknown
full of trails unexplored
and wonders anew

so we need a new reference
a place to come back
a point in between
to remember what’s real
the world is not simply
one thing or another
our choice is not only
to be safe or to be wild
our lives become both
as we grow and we choose
there’s danger & beauty
there’s risk & reward
the lamp-post shines brightly
in the thick, snowy wood
a way to remind us
that the world’s truly good.