Only in darkness does a person see both the dark and the light

As those around me smile

and I feel the rest of the world like them

only in contrast,

it seems that I have not only been left in the dark

but eternalised within it

because the warmth of their happy glowing

comes over me in the glitter of its cadence

and dies

but not before properly lighting up the spectacle of its own death

so that the dark will not obscure me to myself

as it has contrast-wise obscured me to the world

but here the difference be fully shown between their smile

and the ever-polarising absence of mine

and so surely, securing the meaning of darkness, after all.

 

March 2020

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