Consider please, a picture of me
Consider what you cannot see
Beneath the matte, a vacancy
A hollowed scratch runs long and deep.
A wound was carved and can’t be filled
A cellar of wine, a collection of pills
Dull the ache but not the ill
Demons dead but never killed.
A shadow cast on sunny days
Closed the lens and hid the rays
Like a debt that can’t be paid
This disease won’t go away.
Doubt and guilt seep through the skin
Magnifying every sin
Announcing who and what I’ve been
Slowing every race I win.
An absence neither felt nor seen
Offers but a glimmer gleaned
By those who search the dark and dream
A body whole and soul redeemed.
Just give up your noble fight
Expose me now in black and white
Locked in shadow far from sight
My list of wrongs held fast and tight…
Reveal the folly of your plight.