Locked Away

Illustration by Christine Marques

Oh singleton,
how you stay locked up inside.

Two walls keep you here,
closed off from the danger
lurking amongst the world.
Empty space surrounds you,
as it does so many others;
the only connection
you share now.

Don’t you miss the good old days?
When exes and why’s
kept you company
in the cities and planes
of real life.
Back when infinite opportunities
lay around each corner
and your face
hid the loneliness
your mask now covers.

Now all you have is complete…


Lourens van Niekerk

BSc Mathematics Honours,

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