Switching Off The Darkness

Imagine being trapped in a one-room shack
Where nothing can be seen, it’s completely black
Time doesn’t exist and you don’t care
Your only companion is your own despair

You can move around in this confined space
But your limitations are so hard to embrace
You’ve tuned out the oblivious world outside
How to escape is up to you to decide

Helping yourself is absolutely key
Take your first step on the road to being free
Instead of hopelessly fumbling around in the dark
Think one positive truth, it will ignite a spark

You’ll realize in time that this isn’t real
And self-denigration is a lopsided deal
Torturing your senses with dishonest crap
Is how you stay docile in a cold-hearted snap

But renewing your spirit is a colossal task
It requires the removal of your protective mask
Emotionally naked and fearful to act
It’s time to develop a brand new pact

One that will release you from the shackles of hate
One that reminds you of the joy of debate
Despising yourself can be such a bitch
Brighten the darkness by flicking the switch

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:25 p.m.

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