You know you have become too safe
when you can no longer grow
if you stay where you are.
When the shell that has protected you
is now what hinders you.
And so, like a crab who knows
when to molt, you must find
the weakest part of your armor,
the fracture that aches the most.
This is where you start.
You must break your own shell,
and carefully back out
each limb and each eye,
until you are tenuous and new again.
You must disrobe like a lover
before her mate
and enter once again
the cycle of death and rebirth.
For if you are not brave enough
to be unhidden,
you will bring about
the very danger you fear the most.