Whenever the door of my heart begins to open
Something closes it with fear.
Whenever I try to fly free and high
Something covers my wings before I can try.
Whenever it is time to speak up
Something seizes my words.
Whenever the past is about to be forgotten
Something reminds me of it over and over.
Whenever I can take a step forward
Something pulls me in reverse.
Whenever I can try a new endeavor
Something draws me back to the old.
Whenever I have a new idea
Something destroys it to the marrow.
Whenever my accomplishments blossom
Something keeps them captured.
Whenever more can be written
Something prevents me to continue.
Whenever I say enough is enough
Something says it will never be enough.
When will I find out what this
Something is?

by Meena Z.

photo by James Lee