Self-preservation

I’ve been trying inside to heal
Trying less and less to feel
Having the sudden notion
To shut down every emotion
Slipping farther n farther away
Into the great and vast array
Sitting pretty, proud, and poised
Blocking out the senseless noise
Giving up the pointless need
To let others see me bleed
My pen and paper are enough
No need for feelings on my cuff
This world needn’t know
Where all my sorrows go
With nobody standing in my way
I’ll stand tall for another day
Lips pursed and fists held tight
They’ll never know my inner fight

© 2021 Michelle Cook


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/people-woman-girl-standing-alone-2569004/

17 thoughts on “Self-preservation

  1. Michelle, well done. There is an old saying, beware of the quiet person, as she is keeping how tough she is hidden inside. The one who has the false bravado is less frightening. The person who does not understand this, won’t realize it until it is too late. Keith

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