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When the heart bleeds

When you know all but can do nothing
When the essence of life seems to be questioned
When it appears the answers are crystal clear
But holding on to the solution is problematic
It means you're in a transitory phase

When your heart is being ripped into pieces
And bleeding you endure every passing moment
When thoughts of your loved ones
Turn into impulses for heartbreak
It means you're learning something new

When you know all the chords of an instrument
But can play no music
When you know all the right words
But cannot articulate your language
It means you've got a critical lesson to learn

When those closest to you turn their backs against you
And you are cognizant of your faults
When there is nothing left of your social life
But you try every now and then to smile 
And you make an effort to brighten up someone
Then you're indeed growing within

When your creed which you uphold sacred 
Is used against you
And for moments you feel you are the devil himself
Then you have lessons to learn

When your main weakness 
Is used as bait to mollify your pain 
Yet you budge not
Then you have grown a bit stronger

When all forces seem predestined to oppose you
Yet you stand firm to fight for the truth
Then my dear friend, you're indeed special
And you should endure the searing flames
Shaping you for the groundbreaking task ahead of you
Because you owe that to God, to the world and to yourself.


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