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I’m living in a nightmare
Wake to a monster in my bed
His arms wrapped around me
But it’s no longer so scary
Scaled skin, bright green eyes, and black heart
Uses his razor tongue to tear you apart
It just doesn’t hurt so bad anymore

You were like a dream, a distant hope
So far, yet attainable somehow
A smile like sunshine, you smelled like peace

The shadows dance in the flickering light
Like the dark intentions behind his eyes
The shadows dance in the flickering light
And watch as he feeds on my fading light

You were a dream, just what I’d needed
That little hope, that little push
Gave me the strength to not stay

The shadows crawl, the shadows leap
Reflecting the fears deep within me
The shadows grasp, the shadows reach
As if daring me to drift to sleep

It’s time to face reality, it’s time to wake up
It’s not a nightmare, and he’s not a monster
Just another man.
A liar, manipulator
A hurting soul who feels the need to control
And cut me down
And you’re not a dream
Just another man
A good man
So thank you, but I’m waking up
I’m waking up.


from Through Waking Eyes, released November 1, 2016


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