Role Model

Written February 5, 2015

i pulled my sleeves down
to meet a kid today.
i don’t know
if i was protecting her
or protecting me.

i didn’t even hide them
when they were fresh.

so why now?

i never was ashamed
and i never was afraid,

until now,
when i’m supposed to be
a role model.

am i
or not
for hiding
the ghosts
of a past that
i don’t want to be
anybody’s future?

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