I made sure I had thick skin. I made sure it kept you out and that it separated me from pain.

It protected me from those like you. Those who would just say the right words, but never be able to take a step forward.

People who are stuck, always lagging behind, those who don’t appreciate time.

People who put you on hold, telling you to wait until it’s “your time.”

They might have an abundance of time, thinking they can steal the stars, and pour them into your mouth whenever they want. 

I was careful never to let them in. I was careful. 

But you were one of them, you seeped through my skin.

And here you are, living under it. 

This is my safety zone 

And you have tried to take it away.