what i should be but am not

i want to be a shell
instead what i am
is a wishing well

shells are empty
inanimate husks
shells don’t give in
shells don’t trust

wishing wells spring
from endless hope
water without end
an infinite rope

i want to be a shell
instead what i am
is a wishing well

you’d think after all
this evidence
i’d pack up my heart
kill its recklessness

pull up the chains
give up on it
swallow the pill
bite the bullet

but no.

i want to be a shell
instead what i am
is a wishing well

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