I wondered through a dark wood one day
When up ahead
I saw a man standing
Beside the pathway
He had his arms outstretched
As if waiting for me.
I continued forward – hesitantly.
I pulled up my hood
And averted my eyes.
Hoping he wouldn’t see
The shadows inside.
Then to my horror, the shadows seeped out!
They surrounded me.
I beat at them
But they only cackled with glee
“Child,” the man said “You cannot hide shadows with shadows.”
I ignored him and pulled off my cloak.
With a smirk, I put it on top of the shadows…
but the shadows hissed back; and gripped my throat.
“Child,” the man said, you cannot hide shadows with shadows.”
I sagged; feeling defeated.
And the shadows grew taller. I tried to turn my back on them
But they only grew ever stronger.
“Child,” the man said “You cannot ignore them. Come with me.”
I tried to run but my shadows became chains-
And twisted tightly around my legs.
Drowning in pain-
“Child,” the man said “I will ask again. Do you want
To be made well?”
I looked up, a tear escaping
I had done my best
But these chains were not breaking
I whispered “Yes.”
The woods melted away
And we stood on a cliff overlooking a red sea.
I gasped aloud as my shadow-chains
Suddenly loosed from me.
“Child,” the man said “I am He.
Give me your shadows, I have the might
Only I take away endless night.”
He held out his hand and I took it.
The shadows screamed as they were at last taken from me
And I watched as the shadows of my past, present & future
Plummeted all into the sea.
And were covered-
I was now forever free.
I turned back to Him, who still held my hand.
“What do you next have planned?” I said.
He smiled and pointed and further ahead
Soared a white castle, touching the sky.
And so down the path we went together, my Healer and I.