Your Own Villain

Does it ever occur to you
That you’re the villain in someone’s story?
That you’re the hurdle they have to overcome?
That you’re the succubus that discolored their face, dried up their eyes, and left them a walking rigor mortis?

Who’s good when we’re all evil to someone else?
Beautiful when we’re all ugly?
Smart when we’re all stupid?

Watch all your sins play out on the big screen in your very own Day of Judgement.
But imagine if that day was every day,
That there was no redemption,
That all your sins were never forgiven.

Does it ever occur to you
That you’re the villain in someone’s story?
That you’re the past they’re running from?
That you’re the chain locked to their foot, tied to a big metal ball, refusing to set them free?

Who can set us free when we’re holding on?
Liberate us when we built our own cages?
Save us when we want to die?

Watch all your sins play out on the big screen in your very own Day of Judgement.
But imagine that you never knew when it started,
That you never knew when it will end,
That you didn’t even know if you were halfway.

Watch all the lives you could have lived in your very own Day of Judgement.
But imagine that they were infinite,
All happier than yours,
All more fulfilled than yours.

By Omar Jamal

Originally written 21 September, 2018

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