I love the darkness
for its quietness consoles me.
In the blackness I can hide from myself,
from all others
within it I can be anyone I want
and have beside me anyone I need.
It is you
for on its background I can draw your face
within its silence I may hear some loving words,
those that I create and those that you have said.
In the dark
I can believe the sun will live for me tomorrow,
underneath the blanket of a world without light, I can smile
and have no one ask me why
in the comfort of no colors
I can cry
and have no one see the reason.


by Rose Mary Griffith,
winning poem, York College of Pennsylvania, Bob Hoffman Writing Competition, 1979