listen to me now, for just a little bit:
what I tell you may have a little truth in it;
always be careful in your struggle to win,
so that you skin doesn't become so thick
that nothing worthwhile can get in;

protecting your heart is a fine thing to do,
but just be sure that your shield doesn't isolate you:
"better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all"?
well, those words sound smart until you take that fall;

then they become just one more lance,
piercing that shield, and erasing that chance,
the chance that someone might really reach you,
while you hide and huddle and try to sneak through.

February 27, 2009.

Copyright © 2009, Ricky A. Pursley. All rights reserved.

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