Now for a little spelunking...
I won't go into the cave, I said
but I'll come as far as the edge. I
heard you laugh and promise
you had all the night inside; moon
stars, pearled city lights,
Come you hissed,
Oh no my dear oh no
I learned long ago
what lives in caves.
Images: Cave Finn, opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, 1900 ©Ivan Bilbin Public domain.
Detail, Minotaur with dead horse in front of a cave facing a girl in a veil, 1936, ©Pablo Picasso