there is no hiding

These ears long to hear
What’s in your heart;
But for the dread of
Selfishness that lingers within mine-
So afraid your words might hurt,
I hide among the river reeds
And hope your storm might pass
Me by
Though pain turns quickly to anger
And a frustrated you
Rips and claws at the very
Place I hide
Needing to be heard
Oh life! A cruel lesson
That will not cease, a harsh
Task master that demands we step
Out of darkness
Lest we fall into the dead marshes
And lose our souls there
There is no hiding from the pain
Of recognition, of wrongdoing,
Of others we hurt- we simply
Linger on with an open heart
And try to understand

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