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He walks alone at night

moving ever so slowly

through the dark and deserted

corridors of his ship.


The crew has often spoken to me

about these walks,

and yet,

when asked he does not reply.

Instead, he looks at me blankly

and with great skill

changes the subject.


What secret does he keep?

A secret that he cannot share.

Even with me.  What is it that makes him walk those darkened

corridors all alone?

He walks to ease his mind.

The simple exercise of placing

one foot

in front of the other

keeps him from thinking.


He walks until exhaustion can take him into a dark world.

A world without dreams.


I think I know

and tonight

as he walks

through those darkened halls

I'll meet him

and show him

that he need not walk alone.

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