Transparent Walls

Admiring someone from behind
these transparent walls
only adds to the guilt
of strengthening them.

Just when I start
to have hope,
like others before
I watch them give up and walk away.

If only it were obvious
that it wasn’t meant
to keep anyone away
nor is it my prison.

To help ease the pain,
I find a way to reinforce
the damage they did
for the next person to try.

I’ve convinced myself,
after so many failed attempts,
that I’ve closed-off my heart
when I’ve had it open this whole time.

I don’t need someone
to save me—
I want someone strong enough
to need me.

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