How do you open your heart and accept
the love that got lost in the anger you've kept?
Being slave to that anger and the need to be real
Which has led to perfecting a way not to feel
Be strong as the emptiness drains confidence
Gearing your strength to fight pain so intense
Taking that stand will relinquish your role
And head you toward peace with your mind and your soul
Deep in our hearts we all hold the key
to live out our destiny confidently
Believe in your love; accept love with care
And patience will show you that loved ones are there!
Life is a struggle against the unknown
Buried beneath fears of being alone
Turning from pain and hiding your will
to find happiness--taking a lifetime to fill
A child will sense needs and learn to relate
to the world in a way so secure in his fate
Trying to fill those he loves with his soul
While hiding his tears as he acts out his role
Time marches on passing innocently
and a child is hurting but no one can see
Venting the pain through substitute means
Expressing an anger that lives through extremes
What does it mean to be without sadness
After years as a prisoner in a world full of madness?
Yearning for love and on one to rely
Searching for truth through living a lie
When I was 21 years old, I wrote the poem below. It came to me spontaneously and flowed through me in a matter of minutes. It speaks to challenges of awakening spiritually--letting go of the false self, healing the inner (wounded) child, becoming the authentic self, and believing in your worthiness to give and receive love. Enjoy!