So Hard to Say No

So hard to say No
       when my empathy is torn
       listening to your howls of need
       shivering with your screams of pain.

So hard to say No
       when my heart is shredded
       seeing the monsters of your creation
       controlling you with fear and anxiety.

So hard to say No
       when my mind is aquiver
       watching you struggle with nightmares
       sending you to madness and hell.

So hard to say No
       when I want to stretch out my hand
       soothing your pain
       easing your fears
       returning your reason
       making it all right.

So hard to say No
       despite the fact that I know
       they’re your monsters of your own making
       they’re your monsters to control
       they’re your monsters to fight
       they’re your monsters to kill
       they’re your monsters to dispel.

So hard to say No
       although I am sure
       that I cannot do this for you
       that to make it count you have to do this yourself
       that to find healing you have to drink the bitter draught
       that to find release you have to fight your own war.

       None-the-less…

So hard to say No


© Sybille Sterk
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So Hard to Say No

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Poem inspired by Chitrali’s poem Of men and monsters, true love and me

It made me think….


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