Shadows of Light

Form: Free Verse

Stepping back from the bright lights
of city life
releasing the chains of denial
to see myself in the shadows
living without the restriction
of cold expectation
free of the eyes of hate
in the shadows
I am free to be me

Rights of passage came and went
and nothing changed
my secrets remained in the shadows
of living
behind closed doors
in strange places where no one knew my name
and in the light, I existed
as I was supposed to be
but that wasn’t me

Again, I turned to the dark shadows
of losing my mind
until I no longer could bear the light
alone
and with the strength found in desperation
beyond the visual
I stepped into the light in the freedom
of me

© JG Farmer 2019

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