I Don’t Fear The Darkness

By Shahad Kashmiri

The dark does not scare me, no. . .

Nor do the shadows at the corners of this room…

It’s the daylight I fear…

It reveals all that is far, and all that is near…

It brings to sight everything, even what we hold dear…

This is the ship I steer,

and all the demons I fear…

They don’t belong in the dark,

they belong in here,

where the light shines brightest…

We cast our gaze aside,

too afraid of what we don’t see, than what’s in the light…

Nothing from what I cannot see can harm me,

not as much as what lights up the room…

What possibly seems to fool us is that bright light we see,

it is nothing but a fire…

Eating away our sanity…

Using the fuel of our fear to light the flames higher…

Twinkle…

Twinkle…

It goes up to the sky,

it soars…

That bright seductive light that we flock to like sheep…

There’s no darkness I fear,

as much as this sanity of mine aflame,

There is no darkness I fear…

and…

Who is to blame?

For a moment of solace from all the light that’s driving me insane…

Where is the solace?

The sanctuary in this game?