Close-Minded Instead

Written by: Kara McLain

I suppose this is what
Happens when I show you
What has gone through my
Heart and has touched my soul.

A story that you should 
Already know.
One of names and games
Played at the expense
Of a child who had 
The misfortune 
Of being born
At the wrong time and date.

He speaks of a branch
Grown on the wrong tree,
And if nothing else,
I thought,
This would be the story
That would speak to you,
For you are the branch.

But right now,
I feel as if it’s me.

Because when he is 
Done
And the screen is blank
All you can say is 
Okay
And that you are confused.
But how,
I don’t know.

Have you been called 
Too many 4 letter words
Starting with the 3rd character
By a daughter who should already
Know better?

When you turned off 
Your heart
To the feelings she caused
Did you close off
Your mind as well?

This is the point 
Where I realize
It’s not you that I
Am mad or disappointed 
In, but

Myself 
For thinking that 
You could see why
This is important 
To me.

Maybe I’m the
Close-minded one
Instead.