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stray [poem]

I shy away from strangers
I might have even shied away from you by now
I just can’t help it
this desire to avoid the inevitable
to remain separate
but friendly
like the stray cat in the neighborhood
that all the kids pet
the one that finds an unlocked shed when it rains
rather than accepting a collar
and the promise of shelter that comes with it
I’m a bit feral now
untouched and skittish over the strangest things
like too nice words
and warm hugs
I prefer to slink around the edges
rather than marching through the thick of things
avoidance at its best
and this
this is why I’m not sure how we’ll meet


bookdragon, poet, witch

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