Side Effect

the fortress
inside which she sits
was not created to keep
forces of destruction

no dogs wait to attack
no guns line the battlements
no officers stand watch in the towers

no electric fences
no barbed wire

the walls are solid and tall
a handcrafted citadel
not meant to prevent intruders
but to keep the essential parts of her

too many times
she heard she was
too boring
too smart
too loud
too confident

dreaming too big
loving too hard
wanting too much

little does she know
the structure vowing to keep her safe
is twice as successful
at keeping everyone


Published by roseskyewrite

Screenwriter, poet, dreamer Writing accomplishments: • Feature Drama Script “Wonderful” – Winner of Los Angeles Film Awards “Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)” (June 2018) • TV Drama/Sci-Fi Pilot “Relics” – ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Semifinalist (2018) • TV Drama/Sci-Fi​ Pilot “Relics” –WAN Writers Workshop Finalist (2018) • Feature Drama Script “Wonderful” – Austin Film Festival Second Rounder (2019) • Feature Drama Script “Wonderful” – The Script Lab Free Screenplay Contest Quarterfinalist (2019) • TV Drama/Sci-Fi Pilot “Relics” – WeScreenplay TV Contest Quarterfinalist (2019) • TV Drama/Sci-Fi Pilot “Relics” – Creative World Awards Quarterfinalist (2019) • TV Drama/Sci-Fi Pilot “Relics: - Chicago Screenplay Awards Quarterfinalist (2019)

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