It’s a place others see as their tomorrow
but that I regard through eyes of sorrow.
For I do not wish to become all square, gray and shut in, estranged from my heart.
So, keeping you at bay,
I will open my heart,
to let it bask in the sun of a new day.
Outside, only you shall come up against my defenses.
But for others, there’ll be no barbed wire, no more fences.
I will dawn a smile that’s truly mine
and let my warmth, my love shine
as I hold up my new “Welcome” sign.
©M. Anita Bailey 2011