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just inside the gate

at the gate of the fabled white picket fence
i was denied entrance
i was told to go back
as there was nothing for me there
i could always choose another gate
but something about this one spoke to me
though this gate hid all manner of heartache

just inside the gate i’m safe
the barking dogs can’t get me
the devilish boys rush by
the catty girls forget me
i find a quiet place to hide

it was a little girl who hid away behind the gate
but time passes and girls grow
sorrow deadens and she’s back in control
and there’s new danger on the street side of the gate
a danger of the most delicious kind
the kind that drives you barking mad
when it’s sweetness is denied

but just inside the gate i’m safe
the barking dogs can’t get me
the devilish boys rush by
the catty girls forget me
i find a quiet place to hide

then he says if you’re looking for a white picket fence
you are looking in the wrong place
he says it with such cold ferocity
as if he never led me to it in the first place
and my ability to speak has left me
and thoughts of self defense
have hidden themselves under the bed
and in that critical moment i freeze….

but just inside the gate i’m safe
the barking dogs can’t get me
the devilish boys rush by
the catty girls forget me
i find a quiet place to hide

© greeneyedlady 2011

just inside the gate

greeneyedlady

Joined March 2008

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