Holding it in, what I did best,
It kept it peaceful, no pain, no mess.
But inside was loud, it needed to be heard,
I’d go within and put down some words.
I love to write and I love to share,
But it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and bare.
So, yes, sometimes I crawl back home,
To what I know, my comfort zone.
It’s where I keep it all inside,
It’s where my feelings are safe to hide.
I know it’s good to let it go,
To open my heart and let it show.
But when you’ve concealed it for some time,
It’s quite uncomfortable to let it shine.
But I’ll keep going even when scared,
I comfort my heart, I say a prayer.
Because I know it’s what I need to do,
To open up and speak my truth.
-Sonja Jackson, OpenHeartTin