Monologue on innocence lost  By Amy Shelver


Reality seems so close 
Yet so far away; 
Beside my innocence 
Lies but experience. 

Corruption is always 
A rape of purity. 

Far from certain realms, 
Far from my meagre grasp, 
Is something worth yearning for, 
But not worth the effort. 

‘If’ is such a big word 
For such a small heart, 

…And once again we drown.

'Half full' artwork by Bill Jones
Artwork: Half Full (2019) | Bill Jones | Oil on canvas, 61cm × 24cm | Not for sale
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