Basement Rat

January 19, 2011
By TeKaila GOLD, Brookfield, Wisconsin
TeKaila GOLD, Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"When in doubt...keep reading. A book will never die on you" -John Van De Ruit (The Guv from "Spud")

I hear you want to be a basement rat
Hide under furs so pressed in privacy
I pray nightly that “you’re better then that”
But is affection simply fallacy?

I’ve heard the songs, time and time before this
Weathering wars, armed with a silver ring
Hiding ‘neath oyster shells, waiting for bliss
Watch me too close and forget how to sing

Different; you claim unique abilities
To shut me up so I’m free to expound
Knowing I’m haunted you jingle the keys
Perhaps locked gazes, not chains, keep us bound

You’re giving me little to think I’m wrong
For believing I’m bridged and moving on

The author's comments:
After a barrage of horrible relationships, it’s sometimes hard to believe you’ll be able to find a good one. This poem speaks to the way we hold back when starting those relationships with someone we think is “too good to be true”. We hold back, thinking we’re a step ahead of heartbreak this time. But when we become so focused on protecting ourselves for the future, we are unable to let go of the past and furthermore are unable to live in the past. Basement Rat is a warning; don’t let the good ones go because you were too scared to see the potential they had.

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