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I keep them safe
inside me mind,
locked up very tight.
They hum and haw incessantly.
But I –
I say nothing.

The walls,
they grow in width and height,
deep inside
this prison in my mind.
But I –
I’m captured too.

I feel them claw
their needle-sharp nails
against my inner throat.
“Tell them everything!” they scream.

But –
the only thing that escapes me
is a silent, solitary