grounded

in the shadows a lone figure stands watching you
he matches you stride for stride
dash around a corner and she’s leaning against the lamppost
dive down an alley and they’re napping against the wall
realizing life is an endless game of chase but you’re the only one chasing
and when the sun comes up you see you were chasing yourself

because they say we all have guardian angels
but those angels can be human too

so show me your smile, then, if your shadow is holding you back
show me your eyes, then, if your younger self is pulling you forward
hear his gentle laugh resounding in your ears and know
at least you will never be alone

at least you will never be alone

they think you’re looking out the window at the death and despair beyond
but you’re staring at your own reflection
encouraging, beckoning
because there’s something on the other side
if passing into another world means happiness
if this is what it means to be crazy
you say “I will follow you”

because they say we all have guardian angels
but those angels must be human too

so show me your smile, then, if your friendship is tearing you apart
show me your eyes, then, if you’re knocking on death’s door
hear her brave voice resounding in your ears and know
at least you will never be alone

you will never be alone

For my friend J.

Happy birthday, love.

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