Opens mouth to speak (haiku)

Opens mouth to speak
But no words escape my lips
Forever trapped in

Expressing my feelings, especially those of liking or even loving? It’s pretty much impossible. My fear of those feelings not being reciprocated to me are too great, and so I hold myself back. I keep telling myself that I need to open up and not be afraid of such things… but it just doesn’t happen. I’ve been let down in other ways so many times that I don’t want to experience it in this way as well.

Maybe someday I won’t be afraid.