Barbed Wire

by remembertoexhale

She never loved anyone
and around her heart 
was a barbed wire fence
much like the one
that was a popular tattoo around peoples’ arms and calves
in the 90’s
and just like those tattoos 
it was very difficult to cut through
she had eyes like summer
and hands like spring
and her feet
were weary from the road she had forced herself to walk barefoot
taking the pain one step at a time
and around her arm
where the 90’s kids tattooed the barbed wire
she had a tattoo in typewriter font saying:
“be strong and of good courage”
I think that she didn’t quite realise
being strong didn’t mean
building a fortress around her brittle bones