Poetry of John Shaw

      Defense Mechanism


      Once I laid sleeping and
      silently weeping of a love
      once lost once

      For back in my youth when I
      was a self contained group
      of my self and my druthers
      my fears and a few others
      they'd all crowd around
      and start bringing me down
      they'd lay heavy and thin
      and then they'd begin by
      ripping and tearing without even caring

      I'd let them all do it for
      I knew I'd get through it
      and when I was I'd be strong having learnt to get along
      and that would be that
      more right than more wrong


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