People will want to tie you up and put you in a box.
It is not because they hate you, it is because
They prefer the clean lines of symmetry
And you are an asymmetrical blot
On their painting of the world.
They hate the blot you introduced to them.
See this? It is the mark of a human being—
One who is struggling to heal
Their wounds who have become like family to them,
Adaptations to the abuse, neglect, and manipulation
Running rampant throughout a person’s life.
And then of course, there is the pressure to be able
To love through it all.
How can you melt when you’re covered in scabs?
Oh, the scabs are invisible to others? Well, that makes
Things a bit more…difficult.
So when you say love, you mean you want someone
To lift up their scabs and show you their wounds?
I can see it now. The scientists in the jungle,
Looking at a rare and exotic bird
And instead of appreciating their moment of connection,
For life gives us only moments, the scientists
Get greedy and cage the bird for research
And as they carry it back to the cold, clean lab,
They’ll never know the bird they’re researching
Is not the same bird they saw in the jungle.
The sad thing is, they think it is.
But even sadder, they know so little of real love
That they have become ravenous for its taste,
Like an addict they’ll even settle
For fake, packaged love.
But that never lasts. It’s gone. Taken away
And they are left, alone, with a deep, deep wound
So vast and painful—a void in their souls
That scares them and renders them senseless.
They think the hurt happened in an instant.
They don’t realize it took years and years to make
and it will take years and years to heal.
Do not be afraid of your own resonance—
That still, small space where echoes abound.
This is your journey. You define it.
No one else can because no one else has as much access
To your own life and knowledge as you do.
And when you’re young, you’ll think things like,
“I’ll never be like that.” And so it goes, the young judge
And the old fade.
It is a cruel world without real love and remembering that
Is enough to show you the path to healing.