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