I stand to the side of you
a spectator in your life
like an embarrassment
peering over the railing
through the fence
for a glimpse of your life like
an intrusion but I am not
one of your friends who laugh
and play at your words
even you do not invite
me include me chastising
my behavior attitude
my life which you claim
you envelope like shadows
along with your own
like a part of you but a part you
leave hanging from the mirror
with my pictures
like my clothes that shame you
I shame you with my heart
hung out on my sleeve
and that you strip from me
to hang in the closet
like a memory sad and forgotten


by Khristian E. Kay

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