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POEMS









I don’t talk much of mental pain,

though often I may feel its strain.

I sometimes pause to wonder why,

silently inside I cry.


It’s good to talk of painful things

and all the crap life often brings.

Talking is the thing I find

will help to heal my troubled mind.


I have no trouble to explain

the ins and outs of body pain.

I don’t know why I have this notion

that I can’t express emotion.


But when the pain is in my heart,

I really don’t know where to start.

I find that I will hesitate,

then time has passed and it’s too late.


I get distracted from the task

and then it’s all too much to ask.

I don’t seem able to convey,

all the things I want to say.


I will try to change the subject

in order to myself protect.

I cannot seem to tell it all

or open up that well-built wall.


I’ve learned the lesson very well,

how to retreat into my shell.

But there’s still something troubling me,

how the hell do I break free?


This is just the way things are,

my wall, my shell, the prison bar.

I’d like to shed my shackle-chain,

then maybe I’d be free again.

















 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013






TALKING ABOUT MENTAL PAIN