Lost in darkness, my mind trembled in fear that it would be discovered by the monsters hiding so near.
Ashamed of the past, afraid of what’s ahead, I retreated from my darkness in search of peace instead…
Running away, only to find…the monsters there waiting deep inside.
To push them away an impossible feat; one that is not done by the soft-hearted or the weak.
It has been many years spent within…with my darkness, my monsters, the beasts I now call friends.
We lived in the darkness and learned to survive, because alone we were caged, but to together we thrived.
The darkness and its monsters have not won; it is in them I am able to see the light above.
Hold me down they did try but with friendship came – discovering their weaknesses and my strengths were one and the same.
It was in my darkness that I learned how to stand, and the first time I was able to like who I am.