never blind


I'm constantly butting heads
with one of my very best friends
he insists I live in denial
that I won't open my eyes
says I can't see the “truth”
simply because I won't dwell on it
but I know
(as well as or better than most)
about the existence of evil
and the cruelty of man
I require no further proof
you don't have to look very far
to find evidence of the dark
it's not hiding
it's a bold, cold-hearted bastard
just waiting
for you to let down your guard
you don't need to hunt it
trust me
it’s a predator
and it will stalk you
you may not see it
but it’s there
breathing down your neck
with dagger teeth & fetid breath
no, I'm not at all blind
I'm very keenly aware
but I won't give it power
I absolutely refuse
(my stubbornness cannot allow it to win)
so I try to counter its presence
seeking glimmers of light
but always keep a wary eye
and I tell him
he doesn't understand
the importance of balance

(5 of 30 NAPO Challenge)
Written by FromTheAsh
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