Charles J. Ingerson

NONE TO LET IN

Barriers erected firm
so few even to see
emotions made stern
this ride is isn’t free

Banners once to wave
marching bands to play
shelters sought in a cave;
dragons, so many to slay

None to let in for now
doors shut and bolted
too easy to ask just how
privacy forever jolted

One at a time to feel
intertwined within deep
sweltering wounds heal
slowly ever to weep

Knocking and rancor
blindly trying to enter
not knowing the score
scabs still so tender