You pillow yourself in solitude,
a cushy rejection cocoon.
Your china pride so fragile
it cracks under a fingertip brush.
Done with the light strokes;
done toddlering the full grown.
You’re the you I’ve always known,
and I’ve moved beyond.
H.M Jones is the author of B.R.A.G Medallion Honor and NIEA finalist book Monochrome, its prequel Fade to Blue, the Adela Darken Graphic Novellas, Al Ravien's Night, The Immortals series, and several short stories.