I can never know the depth of your suffering
I can ask
I can listen
I can touch
And I can see
The look on your face,
it mystifies me.
The sarcasm laid bare on your lips,
your eyes a dark shroud.
A barrier for all the world to see.
A darkness lurks behind the curtain
It kidnaps your emotions
Demands a ransom too steep to pay
To take away the pain
It doesn’t have to be.
For we can walk hand in hand
Through that forest where wild things grow
You can point to the serpents and poison berries
I can show you the sapling
under the arms of the giant sequoias
Protected from the harsh winds
Until its roots spread,
under solid ground.
Let the hungry birds eat the berries
And the snake rest in the shade
It is not the strong who survive
But the ones who see purpose
The forest is dark but there is light
If only a sliver to let in the day
Open your arms
Let me help you find the way.