Shadow Sanctuaries

Just another piece of free verse poetry written at 12:09AM…

I hate it when you make me feel alone
More than I already am
Your unkept promises of company
Continually shatters
These already-broken-and-plastered trust
Of what I thought family and friends
Should be all about
You laugh at my seeming darkness
Claiming it’s all just my unbridled imagination
You never know how real my monsters are
To me, they are not mere creatures
That come visiting when the lights go out
They are the rabid thoughts clawing, scratching
Corrupting all the good I wished was true
Only to realize that the real monsters
Are out there, walking in the light— in you
So I’ve learned to hide instead in the shadows
From inside my room, and inside my mind
I’ve shrouded my heart in protective gloom
Where your venomous glow won’t besmirch
Whatever small love I have for this life
Because the whispers of the unseen and undone
Have become more truthful and sincere
Than what you arrogantly boast with haughty lips
I’ve become an incontinent island
Within your stolid continent
For you have welcomed me with walls and fences
Boundary lines drawn to bound me close
And set me free— an illusion
Only aggravating this sense of isolation
Shackled, labeled, forgotten.



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