Fear gallops across the landscape of my mind.
Uncontrolled stress hits me from behind.
My heart races and beats like a drum.
Thoughts disappear and feelings become numb.
Muscles grow tight holding it all in.
I become convinced there’s no way to win.
I cut off my thoughts and say they don’t exist.
I let fear control me and watch myself twist.
I cry out in shame and lose all my pride.
I hold fear within and find a place to hide.
Still, I can find courage living in me
And commit to a process to set us all free.
I will act on a commitment to trust others more.
I will reach out my hand and seek to restore
The Self that I lost in the long ago
When my heart was crushed with a terrible blow.
I will learn to breathe deep and let muscles relax
While I connect with my parts and remove my mask.