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DEAR HEART

Dear Heart,

I apologize
It was not your fault
Or mine
I had to hide you
shield you, protect you
unknowingly
allow you to harden
tinged by anger
scarred by hate
fearful of exposure
blinded by
the darkness
of another’s soul.

And yet you rose
Outgrew the bonds
Of fear, of doubt
Of shame
That was not yours
Broke free
To love again

Allowed yourself
To be loved

For you are stronger
More tenaciously heroic
more forgiving
Than I.


©1/29/2023

Dear Heart Poetry Contest

Copyright © John lawless

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