a picture i didn’t take

Why do we put lampshades
over light bulbs
and wear dark shades
to buffer the sunlight?
Because we as humans
have an aversion to light,
maybe we’re vampires
when in our most natural,
most base state.
Almost too afraid
to feel warmth on our skin
from something other than
other skin pressed up against
us, pressed up against a wall,
too afraid to move.
Too afraid to look
at anything other than darkness,
too afraid to be anything
other than darkness.