i have faced the most ferocious of beasts
traveled the most hazardous of journeys
fought the bravest of warriors
took the greatest of risks
gambled the choicest of possessions.
in my own way i am a legend-
a symbol of bravery,
a source of inspiration,
envied by all for the way i live
for i am not bound by any chains of emotions.
but i confess...i am a coward,
a prisoner of the ugliest beast of all-expectation.
i have built a wall around my heart.
not allowing anyone into it,
nor allowing it to reach out to anyone.
because my greatest fear
is the fear of love not returned.