Out of the shadows

I’ve jumped now,
I’ve made the leap,
I’m inside the cave.
It’s not the darkness I fear,
I can embrace that,
that could engulf me.
I’d forgotten about the light.
I’m fully SEEN.
The shadows are better,
light enough to expose only but my silhouette,
dark enough to shade what I don’t want to enclose.
I’m afraid you’ll see me differently, damaged.
I’m afraid you’ll treat me differently, victim.
I’m afraid you’ll hold me differently, fragile.
Can you see me past that image? I’m so much more.
Can you trust that my smile is real?
I’m afraid that you’ll stay now, only cause you know.

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