It’s when they say “only joking”
That they truly were
The most truthful.
The insecurity brought to the surface
By the sharp and pointed words
That’s when I realized,
There were more forces than gravity
Keeping us apart.
I’d spend hours in thought
Of how to make myself attractive,
What clothes to wear
What toys to bring
To make the others think to bother
To waste their time with me.
These are elementary tactics
In an adult war.
Really I was in prison
Digging culverts with cutlery,
The effort always seeming
More than it was worth
Until I reached the other side.
The night air and smell of cedar
The evergreen scent
On my nose grown accustomed
To the stink of pulverized cement.
I began to realize that
Trees can stand in place of friends,
For they are far more steadfast
And provide shelter, shade and air
Instead of thirst, sadness and despair.
- Vagabond Prophet
@josy57 “only joking” was the prompt you gave me today, this went somewhere unexpected, hope folks enjoy it.