shell

My heart is a coward
When it is knocked
My hands shake
My tongue stutters
My face fades away
My heart an empty cage
I have no courage to open its broken door
I lost the key of trust

When my heart is knocked
I sneak under a shell
Close my eyes and
I weep for my heart
I remember how it was young
Happy and open
until you came to occupy
its best space

You owned my heart,
Suddenly, you destroyed my heart
You killed every living cell of my heart
Since then love is in exile
Love is prohibited! Not accepted!
Love is expelled from this fragile cage
Since then, anxiety, sorrow, hatred and fear
Live in me.

By Shafiqa

Photo by fdecomite.