Yours Truly, Exclusion
I like to keep you outside my window.
Watching through a looking glass
As you are ostracized in silence.
I do not leave you stranded,
On a remote island
With no map and no help,
Nor have I locked you away
In a cage in my basement
With no light and no escape,
No. I have chosen to keep you
Near in my sight but out of mind
Like the last leaf on a barren tree
Forced to stare at his peers
Mingle in the pile below
So I can pluck you off
And become your only companion.
My name is Samantha Fisch, I am a third year Psychobiology and premed student at UCLA. I grew up in San Ramon, California, a quiet suburban city in Northern California. I've been writing poetry since grade school, but have written in private as an outlet and source of introspection and self reflection. I grew up in a warm loving home with an older brother with chronic medical problems, which encouraged me to look within myself to what I have, what I don't have, and which of these things I should focus on changing.