A strategy brought into play in our tangled tango of words;
a calculated counter measure to your step forward.
Even your backwards movements require protection.
Repetitive use has caused problems.
An inability to sense.
A distorted image of self.
A heart that has learned to brace for the worst,
knowing that the truth is always costly.
Side-stepped compliments and ill-timed humor,
Even omitted wisdom,
They’re all just defense mechanisms.