The Shadow behind you gets darker,

looms large. Its arms

reach around you, soft, welcoming,

it whispers in your ear.

It knows your secrets,

dreams you’ve told no one because

people wouldn’t understand.

Your shadow grows till it’s bigger

than you; it dwarfs you, it stands

between you and the world, shields you

from life’s pain, keeps you safe,

murmurs lies that you believe,

transforms you into another being,

builds a wall others can’t

penetrate. No one can reach you.

You have all you need.

You are invincible.

by Cher Bibler