No

No we say

For fear of punishment

No we say

For fear of blushing shame

No we say

For fear of the admission

Of the dark deed

That says

This is no game

 

Living with myself

Is the requirement

Every day I wake

To greet a dawn

Will it be bright

With promise of excitement

Or dark as death

My murky soul to mourn

 

Denial

Is the atmosphere of darkness

Do not admit

The terrible thing you did

Pretend you are a good boy

Living in the light

From the sun out there

My dark deeds must be hid

 

But nothing can escape

The power of sunlight

The searching beam

Illuminates the dark

And all dark deeds

Must one day face the prism

Of truth’s eternal gaze

Confess the mark

 

Brian Fahy

20 January 2022

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