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i scratched at the darknessto try and find light 

but the darkness scratched back,

it tore skin. 

searching for phantoms 

of a past life.

an unknown life. 

crazy, psychotic,

pain in the ass,

too emotional, let it go, 

jealous, worry too much,

think too much-

they defined them as help,

assistance in acknowledgment. 

blood soaked compliments. 

i stopped scratching at the darkness 

and set it aflame. 

you stay stuck in yesterday. 

try to find me there.

burning bridges.

light the way. 
-Allison Ryder