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Inside
by A. Keith Barton

Saturday, April 03, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Inside

Inside is safe and predictable
I can hide, protected from others
Who might wish me harm and evil
Or worse, nothing at all
My world is neatly defined
Aligned in perfect squares
That prohibit or ensnare
For those caught unaware

Inside I am master and defender
Against outside predators
Who might steal my heart
And break it into a thousand pieces
Alone is my ally,
Constant friend and companion
Iím never abandoned
Or deceived by charlatans

Inside Iím at peace with the world
Full of hate and judgment
Against all who dare trust
To love and be hurt
By deceitful promises and hope
Iíve been there before
And I vow no more
For I am at war

Inside I fantasize and pretend
To never be deceived or destroyed
By forces unknown
Or loveís vagaries
Indestructible I remain
Till death comes my way
And my body decays
Until that glorious day

Inside I cradle my soul
Protecting my psyche and emotions
From those who might destroy
Whatever freedom I have left
I choose to be left intact
A paramount of strength and fortitude
Against lifeís vicissitudes
I choose solitude

Inside is outside reversed
Where Iíve lived too long
Protected from no one
Who might wish me harm
I now realize the irony
Of self-righteous retreat
For all who dare cheat
And in the end, suffer defeat

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Reviewed by Helga Ross 4/3/2004
Wow. I see myself in this.
SO well-expressed!

I know where I am, I think, until the end - Now, I'm not so sure...




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