I remember saying to you, “You never hear the one with your name on it.” And later I saw you carving your name into a bullet, storing it safely in your breast pocket. I laughed at you then, but at night as you slept soundly I woke with dark dreams in my head.
I smile politely when people tell me about their assurance, whatever it may be, but inside I am scornful. “Ha,” I say to myself, “To be so certain is to ignore the complexity of the world,” and I feel like a superior species as I sit there knowing that the veil cannot be lifted, that nothing can be known for sure.
But as I lay there in the dark, with shadowy dreams of war swiftly slipping from my memory, I prayed. I prayed that I would be shown what was underneath it all. I prayed that I could see with all certainty the end of the road. The answer came in the form of sleep and dreams that could not be remembered.