Image for the poem Shadows


Darkness swarms, shadows pierce the night.
Dread being noticed, but safely out of sight.  
Comfort with strangers avoiding contact.    
One less reminder of what it is they lack  
Most are unwilling to tackle the unknown    
Willfully ignorant, and self condoned    
Glass walls allow, narrow-minded ideals  
Oblivion minimizes the shadows ordeals  
Addiction and despair, hidden behind grime    
To survive this cruel world, many turn to crime.  
Histories overflow with abuse and deceit.  
numbing the mind, wash, rinse and repeat.  
Food and shelter, impossible to source  
Shamed by their surrender to an unmovable force  
Shunned by society, judged by peers  
Turning to suicide, full of dark fears.  
Will their tomorrow be defined by today? Who will take responsibility leading the way?    
Consider this, shadows disappear in the light.    
Given another chance, for a journey rewrite

“© Australian
Copyright Council 2019”
Written by JOY (Joybell)
Published | Edited 13th Jan 2020
Author's Note
I would like to thank David_Macleod for critiquing this poem and for the improvements he made. I would recommend all members use Davids services in Cafe Critique to improve their writing and receive honest, constructive feedback. Thanks again David
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