The Fence

The fence goes up when it wants
it is not of my choosing
we may be sharing a beer
and chatting
I may smile at you and laugh,
but I am not there

It’s not because I don’t care
It has a mind of its own
It protects me

Too much light
too much noise
too much interaction
too much normalcy
sudden terror
it doesn’t like

It will stop it

It shields me

It is my shadow self
my secret friend
I can hide under its wing
like a momma bird
warm and loving

It helps me get through
when I cannot
it knows what I need
when I do not

is my armor
and my friend

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