In many ways I am
Still the girl I once was
Open to the world and
Trusting everyone aims
To do their best, no
Matter how they hurt me

But there was a line,
Invisible to all, even
To myself, and when
Someone touched it
My trust in them was
Gone completely

Now I am older,
I recognize the line
It sat between my
Ego and my heart
Protected me against
Being hurt too deep

The fearless warrior
In me is taking over
The line, always
Aiming to see the
Goodness in others
While shielding my own

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