My hands are circuit boards, lines inked like solder
to connect all the dots. A map of who I am
woven into a cloak so you can’t see me at all
unless I show you the route with red marker.
You might not want to look past my shield,
sometimes I don’t want you to, either.
It’s when I break down without knowing,
becoming still and silent, a signpost to nowhere,
that I need you to see. The me behind it all.