I think I am less afraid of the dark
than of the light.
I can hide in the dark,
seek comfort there.
The light is a different matter.
Exposing that which should be hidden.
Shining into my hidden places
and yours,
exposing us to view.

I am afraid to see these hidden places.
Afraid of what the light will reveal in me
and you.
What lies beneath the skin is best hidden 
in the dark, lost in the shadows
where it should be.
I don't know what the light may reveal
only that I'm afraid to see it

First published by Calliope, 2015


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