Ice Fishing

cold heart
Can’t get warm
Cold hurt inside
Layers help hide
My heart’s quiver and shake
My smile is a fake

I am dented and scarred
From past friends and foes
I try to reach out
But am hidden by walls

Tiptoeing on the ice
You dare to come close
I cast out trust
Your indifference shows

I reel trust back in
No intimacy grows

I shield my heart with indifference like you
Indifferent and alone
I am ice through and through.

Mechelle Ritchie Foster


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