Just a Pretty Dress

Form: Free Verse

I wake up as you call my name
but my name remains unknown
a secret I don’t want to share, yet
inside I know me
while the world sees a girl in a pretty dress
just a pretty dress
packing him down inside

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

The quiet one who doesn’t talk
and has nothing to say
passive – you think?
I’m building up the strength
one day he can speak
a promise to give him the voice
to face the world

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

Keeping my secrets in
the lies of love
fears of love
fears of discovery making me cry
at the edge of life
longing to die

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

Seclusion within the crowd
of normality of living insanity
as the walls of lies
crumble and fall
breaking me down
he is strong
stronger than me

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

And slowly like mystic words
written on an old stone wall
in the vibrant hues of a rainbow
I taste the colours of fate
and what fate has for me

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

My hand now belongs with destiny
and all she has planned
she leads me on
using the strength of the man
to keep an old promise
held within self

It’s like I’m living in darkness
someone is out to get me
hiding in the shadows
and my time is running out

© JG Farmer 2020

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