Playing It Safe

My pen flows freely on paper crisp
To express
The emptiness in my heart
My mind racing
Pounding against my temples
like chimes blowing in the wind
For one who so craves love
I run madly from it
Terrified
of having it retracted
Paralyzed
by the possibility of rejection
Playing it safe
and all the while
losing precious time
that could be spent in love
Carefully choosing mates
with the same fears of commitment and loss
So that I will be “safe”
The catch, however, is too high a price
For safety is dominated
by loneliness
You cannot play it safe
and be fulfilled…
You must risk…
You must love

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