by CATHRYN CAMPBELL
Here in the underbelly of the world,
lies the darkest of shadows.
The part no one likes to look at,
filled with the rotting corpses of those the light no longer reaches
where the crimson blood of the tortured many
mixes with the dirt of the earth.
The same dirt that someone will someday lower our bodies into.
Sometimes it’s in the papers,
or flashes up on our screens.
The tale of an unfortunate one who’s eyes rolled back
in unbearable pain,
never to see the light that casts the shadow again,
but forced to stay within its binds
momentarily in our minds
eternally in the dark.
We read about it,
or watch it,
grimacing at every gory detail
telling ourselves that it’s not real,
that it’s just for show, for some sick twisted entertainment,
but we can’t look for too long
because in the shadow hides,
in plain sight,
the worst kept secret throughout all of mankind,
the truth of our mortality.
***After two years on the road traveling and jumping from job to job, Cathryn has finally settled in one place (for the duration of her Degree at least). Now in the seaside town of Falmouth, Cathryn is studying English with Creative Writing alongside working on short-stories and poems of her own. She tweets at: @cathryncampbel ***