On the Inside

A white Victorian dollhouse

Sits on the playroom floor

Untouched.


The children run around outside

Playing games they’d get in trouble for playing

If only they weren’t

Unsupervised.


Inside the dollhouse

The parents are cold and

Unwelcoming.


They have grown out of love

From constant fighting

Lying

Cheating, and being

Untrustworthy.


After many years

The dollhouse is falling apart.

The roof is collapsing

The support beams are cracking

Termites have destroyed the foundation.

And all the while,

The kids are playing outside

Unaware.

Taken Away

You will not be taken away from me

Before a kiss is placed from your lips onto mine

A secret shared with nothing standing between us

Our secret language that holds more emotion

Than words could ever carry

Before your arms embrace me so tightly

Just like the day when we first met

When nothing could ever feel so right

Except for where we were at that moment

Before my eyes give away my weakness

And my fear of being alone

Without you

You will not be taken away from me

Before I get the chance to say goodbye.

Even Though We’re Not

A hand that caresses my face

With long fingers full of grace

And makes me think your hurt is erased

Even though it’s not.

 

A cascade of words that fall to the ground

Repelled by your cold gaze and piling up in a mound

But I still think I’m strong enough to make a sound

Even though I’m not.

 

A laugh that tickles my ear

Sends a chill down my spine when I hear

For it makes me think that you are near

Even though you’re not.

 

All the things I wish I could say

To turn back time and find a new way

To make me think that we’re okay

Even though we’re not.