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Letting In

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Sometimes letting people in is not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be

There’s the innocent smiles and polite “hellos’”

Generic greetings and polished bows

Dresses are steamed and pants are creased

Bathrooms become your new great escape theme

Then the smiles are no longer oh so innocent

And the “hellos’” have a heavier meaning

The generics are replaced by hugs which turn to kisses

And the bows don’t look so polished anymore

Jeans instead cause they don’t need to be pressed

And bathrooms are a means of survival from the ones you thought you knew best

People are present, carrying packs of past on their backs walking into future

People show us ourselves

And the past is scrawled into their arms

Hitting their veins and crossing through the eyes

I have found that the saddest people are also the funniest,

and only those who understand complexity can communicate simplicty

And the funniest have found a way to run through life with one eye sewed,

and the other clamped open to the sun

Once you understand people

You begin to understand yourself

Letting in is hard because no one knows why the other person is breathing at the same very moment beside you steadily as if brought on by a pendulum

Letting in is hard because you have to let out

And letting out is a whole other story





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