Locked Doors by Susie Sweetland

Lately, I feel

flawed.

 

That things are

harder for me

then they should be,

or would be

for another

woman.

 

That the way

I feel is wrong.

I am wrong,

and therefore

damaged.

 

As ridiculous as it is

I keep coming back to

the unfairness of it.

 

What a pointless,

silly thought

I tell myself.

 

To think that

anything would be fair.

 

There is a soft, gentle

sky tonight and I feel safe

within my locked doors,

but with windows open

just enough to let

a little air in.

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Published by

Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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