Warily I wander~ the peripheries
Fearful, tearful, discouraging----family
Blankly, dankly, disregarded ----peers.
Holes like a a sieve within my soul-
Leaving physically unthwarted, but condemned at every turn
Mentally unsupported I went away in shame.
College like a tourniquet
blissfully stopped the bleed.
Honing approachability on the edge of a knife.
The dread that they might know
That I was nothing more than the desperate girl from a mangled family.