I Will Not Fight In the Shadows

From a safe distance


Anxiety sets in

As my sweaty clenched fists

Cross in front of me


I seek refuge


In my mental isolation chamber which

Distances me from opportunity

While comforting me from possibility


Leaving me

Straight jacketed by my own fear


My attempt to lash out

Is silenced by my harsh judgment

Knowing it will only showcase my insecurity



My mind must dissect you

From across the room


Beginning at your legs


For arm’s length

Is far too close


During an unsuspecting battle of wits


The next thing

I know

We are shaking hands


Saying “It is nice to meet you”




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