Gated Self

I know I have walls.
They help me sleep better.

I know I have a gate with security guard
to keep out the riffraff.

It is so difficult to identify the riffraff
when they dress nicely.

I know there are times
I place razor wire upon my walls.

I know there are days
my gate should stand wide open.

It should have a welcome banner overhead.
I should show my house to strangers.

My house is not for sale.
But I will lease my friendship.

Short term leasing is preferred.
A chance meeting. A couple days on vacation.

Even a few weeks after introductions
at an opening or reading are fine.

I know I have walls.
They help me sleep through the night.


copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney