Gates

I passed the health foods store on Sunday
The store was closed
She wasn’t there
But if she was
My gates were locked anyway
So I kept walking

I passed the health foods store on Monday
The store was closed
He wasn’t there
But if he was
My gates were locked anyway
So I kept walking

I locked the gate after my heart was stolen and ransomed
After I lost my love and my innocence
After I put up my guard
After the pain

Was I keeping something in?
Was I keeping something out?
I don’t remember any more

I passed the health foods store on Tuesday
The store was closed
There she was
But she would not look at me
Her gates were locked
So I kept walking

I passed the health foods store on Tuesday
The store was closed
There he was
But he would not look at me
His gates were locked
So I kept walking

My key is lost in my confusion
I looked straight ahead
Should I turn my head and touch the tumblers?
Had the lock rusted shut forever?

I passed the health foods store today
Its metal gate was open and the store was busy
She passed me
And glanced at me

I passed the health foods store today
Its metal gate was open and the store was busy
He passed me
And glanced at me

We turned to each other

We went into the health foods store today
Past the open gate and the brown rice
Past the avocados and granola
Past the organic apples
Past the supplements
Past the cookies
Near the rice
We gave
Us
A
Key

Our gates are open
And nothing is missing

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