Once Bitten, Twice Shy

That pristine linen life of yours –
Determined innocence,
Habitual permanence,
Mapped out on wishful, golden shores.

A risk once ruined peace of mind
Precariously balanced,
Destabilised when challenged,
Snapped into fragments hard to find.

Now celluloid and monotone
With limited exposure,
A self-imposed enclosure,
Wrapped up, protected and alone.

Romance can offer only threats –
Seductive siren call,
To fly at first, then fall,
Strapped up in bonds of old regrets.

So stay within illusions’ shores
So falsely energised,
Emotions paralysed.
Trapped pristine linen life of yours.