by: Xara Nahara O’Connor

Passing through time and space
A shadow walking through people
Mere meets and greets
Merely attempting to flesh out this character
Feeling more and more lost as I attempt to connect
Lost in time
Lost in space
No structure or identity to a place
Create my own
Home is where my mind is
Distant I feel toward others
Never knowing when the connection will be lost

Maybe that’s why I hold so tightly until there is nothing left?
Maybe that’s why I give my all to others, or used to
Maybe I’m grasping for a sense of belonging
I remember him saying, “You belong with me”
I looked at him confused, “Belong?”
What does that even mean?
A shadow belongs only with the sun

An epiphany
I only belong to the sun
A shadow, a darkness to the sun’s light
The secrets the sun would not want seen
Following the sun’s footsteps, attempting to bask in its light
Little do I know, but maybe that’s why I’m a sun child?
The heat and fire rising in my nature
Yet as the shadow I have fear
I’m slowly becoming embraced as the fire shadow
A sun’s light and darkness


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I am a graduate of the University of Mount Union. I work for ResCare HomeCare as a direct support professional. I was a psychology major and am hoping to get a master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration on healthcare... Somewhere. I am still interested in English and theatre. Writing had always been one of my passions until recently. It takes too much time and effort, which is why I just draw comics now. Believe it or not, drawing comics is easier for me to express myself than writing. I also love animals. When I am not working hard on whatever project I happen to have my hands on, I am at home playing with my animals. I live with two cats named Garfield and Oreo. I also love to listen to all kinds of music, such as The Birthday Massacre, Emilie Autumn, The Cruxshadows, The Cranberries, Celldweller, Emperor, R.E.M., Future Funk Squad, Symphony X, Einherjer, Borknagar, and Nightwish. And I'm married. But don't tell the government. They suck the fun out of it.

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