Inside My Head

nowhere is safe
I’ve heard it said
one place is safe—
inside my head

there, no one can touch
there, no one can hurt
there, I am a rock
solid, hard—a little girl cursed

half a century of walls
erected, plastered, pasted, glued
hold the pieces of me together
never to be moved

do not look for a door
for no opening will be found
ironclad, it shelters an innocent child
who built her safe place around

a damaged mind
a tormented heart
protected from the monsters
who gleefully tore her apart

no comfort for this little child
for no one can enter this castle deep
all alone, forever alone
she sits there yet and weeps

©2023 jai

Image by Anja from Pixabay

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