With neither we go nowhere

(No) Paper feels loss when you cut it up
(No) Ghost memories telling you not to stray
(No) Unfamiliar walls gnawing away at new colours.
(Yes) All wrong answers

The bars from lighting windows
gave you spotlight but
fell through you too
you can't lie to
strangers, and they can
make you anything,
like you and me and
the stories you tell
and the shadows I fill in

Paupers only carry blue
on their backs
so you're a princess
the bars made way
for rich, warm and
loving and
every other sweet imagining
I've ever had, poured
out onto you

I could set you down and face you
And find out what's insensibly feared
Or carry it, a distraction when it's fully-grown.
But with neither, we go nowhere