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Believe Me When I Say I'm Hurting

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Believe Me When I Say I'm Hurting

How do I smile briefly, and turn my head,
Answer questions, make it light
When every mention fills limbs with dread
But I can’t descend to expose the fight

I’ve created a hardened, coarsened outer shell
That moved on quickly, barely cares
That faced the world, and shall not let dwell
The inside creature, who not well fares

The collapsing, sobbing, wailing woman inside me 
Cleaves to the floor, pulls it close
And her clawing, fighting fingers wrench me
Begging for but a lighter dose

And her haggard hair spills about her bare neck
And tears left black tracks to her chin
And a torn, worn dress her bony shoulders, bedeck
And her wrists… oh she is so thin.

So the tempest calms and, quiet now, she lies
In the cavernous, bleak, echoing hall,
And you could look to the reflective surface of her eyes
As she’s wound in so tight a ball

For these eyes are repeated outside and in
Haunted with misery, aching
But unreachable is the outer shell’s twin
As one of them stirs, waiting.

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  1. Date: 5/27/2009 8:01:00 AM
    I wish words were hands to hold your hands as words, I wish distance was love to surround you with comfort's courage for the load ... Wish-less, I pray for you blessings that will bring peace and joy ... and that nothing will interrupt your sugar songs. Bravo