Do You Realize?

by Erin
Written Late March 2007

so many years i shun them.
i close my callous heart as
some means of protection,
a shield from caring too much.

it did not occur to me that
this would one day hurt me.
self-alienation seemed logical
until i needed a connection.

for far too long i front this facade,
and those called friends only know this face.
so when i throw this cloak they balk;
i am suddenly too much to handle.

my refined attempt at human relation,
a steady approach to honest and sincerity.
i do not mean to be overbearing but,
i need you to realize this is your role.

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