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Published: 20 February 2019

I have to go back to the shadows,
to the dark corners where no-one
can see me raise my hands
in surrender to your silence.

I have to step out of the light
and into the curtains behind
this stage where dreams remain dreams
and audiences go back out to the world

I shrink. I shrivel.
I let the last drops of hope
evaporate into the sunshine
that has gone cold.

I will sleep—
and say no more.