I can recall sitting in your basement in the winter
when I was told to not cry.
I was confused, and actually angry
but then I didn’t know what to do except
let tears stream.
Have you ever been told you wear your heart on your sleeve?
What did you do with the information?
Did you run and hide?
How might you recall the moments
when we were asked not to have feelings?
Or at least
don’t show them around me.
Not any day.
Certainly not when we are around
or when other people matter more.
Be confident in a good sob,
in the cleansing beauty of knowing
your heart and soul have released the pain.
In order to begin to feel more,
feel more and more and more!
And then perhaps
you might just believe that stranger
who asks you one day without fail,
how you might feel
wearing their shoes.