Put down the drink, the smoke, the pill
the food, beleaguered credit card.
No longer mask the rage, the tears, the sorrow
sometimes life is hard.
Stop trying to dismiss what you must feel
to alchemize your struggles into gold.
You are not meant to flatline
let your heart learn how to warm the bitter cold.
You cannot become without the pain
that you allow to fiercely filter through.
Feel it, let it loose to roar and whisper,
as it changes every part of you.
Don’t apologize for being human
in your fear, your doubts, your deep dismay.
Refuse to silence any truth that finally
your soul would bid you say.
Do not suffocate the raw emotion,
the ferocity with which you fight.
If you restrain the fire that burns within you,
you will lose the world you would ignite.