Just this once
Let me peel back this thin veneer of coping
and show you where it hurts
Which wounds healed, and the lessons they taught
Show me that I am not alone
Hold me safe in your listening
Sans judgement and prejudice

Let my words spill out of a jaw
once held tight
Not like a dam overflowing
but a restless river with a story to tell
I have stories to tell
I have stories worth telling