Poetry: Shine a Light


Shine a Light

The cursor on the screen blinks on…and off…and on…
Does she write what’s really on her mind?
Will she dare share the thoughts that are hidden behind a dark wall,
or does she turn on a light
and let is shine?

A few words typed out on a keyboard,
displaying thoughts, secrets and emotions…
but then erased,
Fear for the world will judge.

It’s so hard to be an open book,
when the world is so quick to close it.

Seconds, minutes…hours go by,
deciding whether to share a story,
Sometimes real words are too much,
as the world goes by,
being numbed by the media…

It’s so hard to be real in a world
that disguises itself in front of a mirror…

This world that she knows is nothing but real,
but to be seen, sometimes a mask has to be worn,
because others are too afraid to see the truth,
Or to see an open soul with a loving heart.

We are the ones who try to stand tall…
but often end up, feeling so small…

We are the ones who try to bring truth,
but are drowned in a pool of lies.

We are the ones who try to bring a positive light from the sun,
But it can be so hard to shine,
When the darkness has risen and the day has just begun.

-Ariana R. Cherry 2016


Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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