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There’s this darkness that swallows me whole.
It’s like falling through nothing,
hoping I’ll land on something.
But something never comes.

It’s where hopes and dreams go to die.
You never really see it until you’re there.
You never really get it until you get it.

It breaks you,
Tears you into tiny little pieces.
Like when you were younger
and you ripped up paper,
just to hear it rip.

It’s where broken homes come from.
A deep dark hole of nothingness and,
As you’re falling into it,
All the light of the world falls away
And there’s nothing left.

Not a soul.
Not a whisper.
It’s just you and nothing.
And before you know it,
Your piece of paper
Is torn to shreds,
Shreds of a gleaming dream.

This is where I am.
I’m never getting out and,
To tell you the truth,
I’m not sure why.

The darkness has no beginning
It has no end.
It reminds me of that song
“That’s how long I want to be your friend”.
I’m never getting out.
Never.

The guy next to me is lucky
But he doesn’t know it.
He is getting out.
To the world of dreams
He’s never known.
To the light he’s never seen.

He is nothing going into the world.
Not a soul.
Not a whisper.
Shrouded by darkness,
Informed by the light.
It reminds me of that song,
“let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”
I’m never getting out.
Never.




I wrote this as an adaption to Socrates' allegory of the cave. Instead of having spent your entire life in the cave, you have spent your entire life in the world and now are forced into the cave, forced into darkness.

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