Engourdi la douleur

Scars in my mind that won’t heal
Thoughts in my heart that won’t feel
Words on my lips that won’t be spoken
The links in my chain are broken

Force a smile to pretend it’s fine
Numb the pain with a bottle of wine
Avoid eye contact with a blank gaze
No one bothers you while in a daze

Painful memories I try to hide
Shameful secrets I keep inside
Think what you will – maybe it’s true
But know that dark skies fade to blue

We’re all animals inside a cage
We’re all actors on the stage
We portray a version others will accept
We’re piles of ashes waiting to be swept.

A poem | by Jason S. Sullivan, 08-01-19

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