We don’t know our worst selves
Hidden behind shades and shadows
Blocked from the rays of the sun
Until we don’t even recognize them
Or we pretend that we’ve forgotten
The us in our mirror images
But life often exposes artifice
These days blazing with light
Shining deep into our corners
Where we can no longer hide
So we blame others for the shock
The dissonance between the pure evil
That we claim to never embrace
And the walls that were never solid
The ones that fell at provocation
That revealed us to ourselves
As embarrassing charlatans in repose
Waiting for the next shoe to drop
Or a reimagining of this cruel world
So that we can rewind to a time
When we were perfectly oblivious
Our skeletons dressed in finery
Trapped in closets of mediocrity
Waiting for the world to change
When what needed to change was us
These images we projected wilting
Like flowers in the summer sun
This complicated dance stalling
Until we stand still in the spotlight
From a world no longer waiting
For us to find ourselves
Because we already have.


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