Poem || Lock and Key

the locks were checked
twice, then thrice
the gate had been locked
because she’d paid the price
of trusting somebody to keep their promise
but, alas, they were all lies

Now the gates were shut
she sat alone in her garden
no one would ever come close
so she’d never lose a bargain

life would go on
and maybe one day she will stop hurting
but for now, there was the pain
of betrayal, and pieces from her heart’s breaking

to others, she seemed the same
she lived and she still laughed
but to her everything was distant
like touching earth from a spacecraft

it was hard to see
from behind the gated wall
but at least she was safe, finally invincible
so, she’d might as well have a ball

voices echoed and glasses clinked
at every party, she would raise a drink
she let loose and tried to forget
what had once caused that heart to sink

then, one day, she set her sight
on the most perfect shape of a man
he was tall, dark and handsome
and she blushed as much as a woman can

they talked for hours and hours
like lost souls reunited at last
they spoke of their childhood and dreams
one might even say, a spell had been cast

and then she heard the sound
so soft she almost missed it
a key turned in that precious lock
and the gate had opened just a bit


Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash

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