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Shadow

Inspired by World Mental Health day 2022


I’m battling a daily shadow

a shadow that can’t be seen

Which lurks round every corner

and hides behind the scenes

It waits until your guard is down

then springs a stealth attack

From the outside things are rosy

but inside your head they’re black

Once it gets a hold of you

it’s difficult to control

Its persistent, unrelenting

feeding off your very soul

Weapons cannot kill it

but chemicals can contain

this shadow frequently penetrating

the dark recesses of your brain

It retreats from the bombardment

and eventually goes to ground

and returns to the darkness

without making a sound

I’ve made it through another day

against a shadow I abhor

I have won this latest battle

but am I losing the war?


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