Walls


I put up walls around me
To keep the darkness out
The world pushed against them--fighting back
The people behind them screamed
I shuttered at the thought
I turned my back on the suffering
But the walls no longer enclosed my heart
The darkness gripped it--
Seizing me with pain much worse than the pain outside
It enclosed me
Circling me like a hawk
Wrapping around me like a snake
Becoming tighter and tighter
I tried to fight
But I was weak
So I dropped the walls
Because it had been the worst pain of all
The pain of regret

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