Locked Out

If you’ve been locked out
don’t hang around.
Don’t wait for days in a doorway,
and martyr yourself for attention.
Don’t cry for long, at least.

Lift your splintered knees.
Ignore the sharp pains of unmet emotional needs.
the pain is a real thing.

Comfort with writing
fresh eats
hygienic self-caring.

A bubble bath is a soothing aloe,
a home-cooked meal is a warm embrace,
clean laundry and a clean bedroom
are lullabies that cradle you while you lie awake.

You cannot truly live
if you are not every bit truly healthy.
Take care of yourself,
that is your hide-a-key.


About Jessica Lee

Jessica is a twenty-something poet who performs most of her work on stage in Spoken Word. She has found writing therapeutic since she was child, and has pursued it ceaselessly. She enjoys writing even the most fleeting thoughts and dreams as SensicalRavings. Between long retail shifts, she enjoys writing observational pieces (always with a slant) of locally relevant subjects as ALLGainesville. If you appreciate inspiring, coming-of-age suppositions, become a follower. Though it's not always roses, it's raw!

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