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Such Great Heights - cloud image

Photo by Bruce Turner

Everything looks perfect 

from far away

get too close

you begin to see

the imperfections

the truth beneath the illusion

what looks like a gift

just might be a curse

under the pretty wrapping.

We paint ourselves as angels

but we can’t hide

the monsters within.

Lying to everybody

fooling no one

but ourselves

always seeking approval

yet we find only shame.

They say that the

’truth will set you free’

but they never think

to mention that it sets us

free from the

cage we locked ourselves in

the one we painted gold

so that when someone

looks at it from a far

it seems to be a haven

but looks can be deceiving.