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Hiding: Wounded & Broken

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Hiding: Wounded & Broken

When you look into his eyes
You must look ever so closely
Past all the cover ups
to an even greater distress:
A stormy & raging sea

If you can look beyond all the hurt and betrayal,
Mistrust & denial
You may just find a boy hovering in the corner
Just acting brave
So others never detect his inner struggles

Has anyone ever gotten close enough to see,
If this boy has a need
Just like everyone else around
Longing for a loving & listening heart
Some wouldn't even notice
Because they only care about themselves

But hidden behind those tall walls
So precariously erected
Is a heart
Hurting & wounded

Some have already broken through the barrier
Before it was so strong
but as an enemy in disguise
Only looking for self-exulting
And just adding to the pile
Of all the debris of people and things
In his past who didn't care
Or truly even seem to understand
About the fragile soul buried deep inside

So He just slams the door
And locks it even tighter
So as to repel anyone
who would try to puncture
His seemingly untainted armor

Will anyone scale those tall structures he has so strongly built?
Break into the inner chamber
that holds his bruised and broken soul

With gentle kind word
And slow,
But steady prodding
God will successfully reach that dying boy
With a touch of light & love

Finding himself
Among the shadows of yesterdays' scars
Now beginning to heal
True freedom
From the grip of another's opinion
Not mattering anymore
Only then will his true self be unashamed to brilliantly shine forth

He can then emerge
into the bold man
God has so carefully planned for him
Now stretching his wings
To fly



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