Tats

I saw a tattoo today that reminded me of life –
 supposed to be a tree with branches
reaching up
and roots digging deep underground.
I know the roots are black
for a reason,
but it got me thinking about us,
people and society
and all the darkness we try to hide
where no one can see.
Or maybe we think no one can see it.
We try to show off our light
and keep the darkness below the ground,
you know,
what lies beneath the dirt.
But that’s our roots –
all hurt and black and bruises and stuff
we don’t want to acknowledge.
But maybe we’re hiding less from others
and more from ourselves.
But that’s our roots and we gotta deal with it eventually,
or the dark will eventually show up
in our branches
and block out all that great sunlight.

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