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singing by the water

heart skin like old leather
fragrant with memories
battle scarred and crinkled
locked up and shut for business
over and done with
it’s so much easier
to just keep the cold out
and hold it in
than to drag it out
and grow more
fear skin like glass
over real skin
easily shattered
and it cuts so deep
like a bullet knife noose
with a padlock
around my chest
breathing lightly
feelers out
to test the waters
you can never be sure
better safe than sorry
better frozen than fried
better but not happier
maybe content
can be achieved
on a good day
if not for the song
that is going
round and round my head
of old times
of good times
of neverminds
huddled in the
comforting darkness
waiting for

a new song

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way, shape or form without my written permission.

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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    Oh dear, think I’ll sing with you. Don’t think frozen or fried is very inviting. However, I love the idea of “a new song”. Life is tough and extremely strange. Not the fairy tale dream…to say the least. Hugging you. XOXOXOXOXOXOX ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 2 years ago

    …to which I can relate! :)

    Excellent piece of writing!

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    Anna Shawabout 2 years ago

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