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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-
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-
then maybe I’d be free again.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
TALKING ABOUT MENTAL PAIN
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