Student Poetry - Inside
Anonymous

 

My mind is a mansion.

A large place covered head to toe 

with everything about me.

It’s all of me.

 

However

most people don’t get to see me.

Because long ago I made a mistake.

 

Long ago I was much less careful 

with what I let in,

and I let in something bad.

 

It came to my mansion

and I answered the door.

It came inside

and made itself comfortable.

 

But unlike the others that came 

to my mansion,

this one never left.

 

And it’s still here.

 

Then I made another mistake,

and let in two more 

I shouldn’t have.

 

Similar to the first, 

they found their rooms 

and stayed,

taking over my mansion.

 

I knew when I heard the walls 

whispering.

the floor,

laughing as I walked by.

 

I used to let everyone in, 

no matter what.

 

Now, 

I don’t.

 

Because the ones who took over 

my mansion

made me afraid.

 

Afraid that if I let anyone else in, 

it would be another mistake.

They would ruin my mansion,

like those still here.

 

Until I realized that I shouldn’t be afraid,

because bravery came to my door.

 

I let it in, 

bravery,

and together we burnt that mansion 

to the ground.

 

Together,

We rebuilt it 

anew.

 

And finally, some can see 

inside.

And find 

all of me.

Anonymous, Junior School Student