We live in massive castles

We live in massive castles

walls of prejudice

ramparts of pride

towers of scrutiny

battlements of disbelief

We hide behind these things and more,

that take the shape of

sports teams and clearance racks,

glass screens and selfie sticks,

books of faces kept at a distance,

anything that helps put our best foot forward,

with low risk and high reward

remaining safely indoors

in our comfy, climate-controlled castles.

Even the least of us knows

that our egos are all we own.

In this world:

I show, therefore I am.

Only show the castle and the king.

And deep inside the vault -

hide the songbird, hide the poet,

hide the lonely, hide the lover,

hide the empty, hide the weak.

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