That door closed abrupt
Right before my eyes
Just inches from my nose
Right after Hello

Was it something I said?
Hello seems mild enough
Requires no long term commitment
Implies no strings
No attachment

I saw you standing there
And thought you might want company
A little human connection
Without contract, license
Or fiduciary agreement

Just a point of contact
Early in the morning
Before your day began

I came bare hand extended
No gloves or armor
Just me
Bare foot
Bare head
Hand open
Soul bared

Now I stand on the porch
And listen to the shades come down
the sound of locks
And bars pushed into place

I get the message