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Darkness Looming

Darkness Looming

BY SHANNON GUGARTY

All told, it is truly a Beautiful day.

The sun is bright and shining.

The grass has turned to reds and yellows,

And the trees have donned their fall collection attire.

The air is crisp with the smell of fie and apples,

Of pumpkins and candy.

And yet,

Despite everything good going for you,

There is a Darkness.

Something you can’t quite put your finger on.

You know it’s there,

Like a spider that’s scurried beneath your cabinets,

Or the squirrel at your bird-feeder.

You know it’s there, but

You can’t. Touch it.

And sure, you suppose,

“If I can’t touch it, it can’t touch me.”

Well, you’re wrong.

It reaches out, with its

Spindly little spider legs

Tipped with little grabby squirrel paws,

And it takes hold of you and doesn’t let you forget.

“I am here,” it says.

“I am here, I am not going away.”

And they tell you there’s ways to get rid of the darkness.

“Turn on your lights!”

“Light some candles!”

“Put on a flashlight!”

And you try. You try, and try.

But it doesn’t go away.

“I am here. I am not going away.”

It reminds you, constantly.

You look to the bright orange leaves, framed by a periwinkle sky.

“I am here. I am not going away.”

You focus on the gourd before you,

And the laughter of your friends, and your peers.

“I am here. I am not going away.”

You focus on your screen.

You read about anything, ANYTHING, to drive out the darkness.

“I am here. I am not going away.”

You run. You drive.

You fly. You scream.

Your voice goes nowhere.

“I am here. I am not going away.”

The Darkness takes hold of everything you hold dear.

Everything.

And try as you might,

Not even the Beauty around you

Can drive away the Darkness.

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