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?