people do what works

January 16, 2012
The number one fear of all people is rejection.
They laugh it off, elbows propped up
behind them on the bar
and baby-faced vulnerability remains a closed door.

But those nights, there is a silence so deep,
the only sound is the suck of two lips
pulling loneliness in and pushing it
back out into the glinting glass night.

The truth lies in the glass slab of silence:
you can trace rejection back to risk,
the two sitting side by side in subtle self-sabotage, terrible and kind.
So it is easier not to change, sitting with your back to window.

nonchanging, nonconstructive, nonreaching, ask yourself:
“is it easier not to?”, watching life pass by the glass.

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TheCapturedBat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 8:40 am
Very insightful. people try so hard to protect themselves by cutting themselves off... you described that perfectly.
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