I can't afford to lose them


I wander through this world

stumbling through daily life

curious and midly baffled

about people, as I watch them;

about what they say and do.

I prefer to keep to myself.

Sometimes, by chance

I may say or do something

that seems to be what is

"normal", what is "right"

and for a brief moment

the circle opens

leaving me a place

one I refuse to take,

fearful of this readiness to accept,

for there is no room for my wings,

and I can't afford to lose them.

So I continue to watch,

until I realize that I, too, can play their game

I learn how to manouever my flight

So as to land in their circle

while still keeping my wings.

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Kim Baker's picture

That poem is really good. I feel the same way sometimes.