Just a few more steps

Carefully, there is weakness in these knees

So great the effort required to remain standing

Against the weight of human frailty.

Searching, ever-searching, for a safe space

To completely and unashamedly fall apart,

We instead expend our efforts hiding fractures

In our carefully steeled-up defenses

Because even in times of tragedy

We must still play the heroic part

To safeguard the hearts of those who need us to be strong.

Can you feel the incessant tug to stop fighting

Against the need to stay so stalwartly brave?

Like a moth to flame, this need to collapse

In a sanctuary of empathy?

Wandering around in our self-imposed fortresses,

Waiting to be gently broken apart?

Published by Quietest Poet

Writer, mother, counselor, flower gardener, recipe seeker, and Netflix lover.

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