In Your Shadow

You have always needed to be better than me
Always needed to belittle or exclude me in small ways
So that only you and I would notice
For the most part I have allowed this
I opened the door that let this behavior in
I stepped aside to clear a path for you
I dimmed my light so that you could shine
But I know that behind your breaking laugh
You are bigger and darker than you appear
You can disguise that all you want but you and I know it’s there
And I would rather walk alone, than together in your shadow
-The Ink & Salt Club-

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