A Poem A Day #84

Will you let me in?

Your heart is beating
As swiftly as a hummingbird’s wings,
And yet you walk on.
Their eyes bore into your back,
Your cheeks burn
With the heat of a thousand fires,
And yet you approach.
They scream and yell,
They claim this and that,
Remind of the orders
And voice the words of protocol.
There is only one face you see,
Only one pair of eyes you hold,
And you speak with them,
You say, “I come.
Will you let me in?”
You stand at his feet
And hear the hum of a sword.
But it does not come.
He holds fast the blade
And you faint in relief.
The king lowers his staff to you.

By Catherine Joy


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