There are shadows

In all of us,

The parts of us

We keep hidden inside

Having learned

That certain ways of being

Aren’t acceptable

If you want to be seen

As wonderful…

Our shadow selves,

Being perceived as flaws

In our character

Are in reality

Our greatest power,

Our most basic truth…

They are merely

The injured parts of us

Full of sorrow

And misunderstanding,

And we need to

Listen with care

To everything they have

To tell us.

To be whole,

We must open our arms

And accept,

Embrace and forgive.

Only then will we


With the ability to live

At our highest



Shelly Aspenson

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