The Darkside of the Light
A world full of color, bright as day, no gloomy skies
Dark clouds threatening rain, a storm
brewing, dreary days black as their nights
Birds chirp merrily and music plays, smiles seen on faces all around
Crows caw-cawing, dirges droning, as
rains come pouring down
Laughter lightens every room, and happy days are endless here
Cries and screams echoing off the walls,
a family secretly living in fear
Hand in hand, lovers dance, swirling, twirling with delight
Thrown and battered, degraded, cheated,
every day ends in a fight
Excitement fills her, anticipating, she can't wait till he gets home
Praying maybe, just this once, tonight
he will leave them all alone
Happy mother, father, son, daughter, happy family one and all
Anxious, scared, in danger, tell the
doctors it was just a fall
Sparkling eyes, bright smiles as friends visit them from time to time
Empty Smiles, dead eyes glistening from
tears hiding every awful crime
Sweet, wholesome family, if only everyone could have their luck
Angry, twisted, hurting, lying, in a
dangerous human storm forever stuck
Smiles fading, waning, faltering, the facade falls apart at the seams
Reality of life behind closed doors merges
with carefully constructed scenes
Broken home, broken family, devastated community that day
When the walls that hid too long dark secrets finally fell away
They laid her with her children that she had protected till the end
On her tombstone, "Loving mother, beloved sister, cherished daughter, adored friend."
The hearts broke of an entire city today when the smaller caskets went down
How could this have happened, how did not one person know in this wretched town?
They put him in a box, too, with concrete walls, TV, three hot meals a day.
When will we stop and see their truth, when will escape for them be a better way?
Just because a smile adorns a face does not mean it's truth they tell
It's time to change the world and let everyone escape alive from their endless hell
No more secrets, no more lies. Do you see what hiding violence has wrought?
A family lays six feet down tonight because To Love Thy neighbor we forgot.