What Lurks

There is a darkness that lurks inside all of us. It’s there, whether you’ve met it or not…. And if you’re lucky, it’ll stay put.

This isn’t the evil you see in the movies, or the fallen angels you hear about in Sunday school. This isn’t the psycho-killer wandering the streets at night in clownface.

This isn’t entertainment.

This is loss. This is the empty thing that remains when your dream is gone, and you’ve… just. given. up.

This is the look in the eyes of the hopeless. That hollow, black, thousand-yard stare. The one that makes mothers hurry their children away.

It lacks hope. It lacks a dream. And it doesn’t even know what it means to care about another human being.

I dare you to say its name.