Sigh ... my muse stayed on vacation without me. I don't think I've posted this one though. I wrote it about 4 years ago for a young man who was acting out a lot ... afraid to let anyone close.
Open Your Heart
It seems at times I feel confused, or sometimes just depressed,
I take some time to contemplate, and ponder what is best;
And very often what I find, is when I write it out,
With rhyming words, it helps me to eliminate my doubt.
You see, I think you're special … you've got many qualities,
You're smart and quick, and "on the ball", and that I truly see;
When you are in the mood to be a sweet and caring child,
You truly shine, and we all see your "deep-down" caring side.
I guess I get confused at times, when briefly that will change,
For then I see another side … of anger, hurt and pain;
I cannot take away whatever anger is within,
But when I see it surface through your words or actions then …
I'd like to help you peel away that mask of hurt and doubt,
For though you may not realize, just what it's all about,
I guess I'd like for you to know I think you're special too,
But caring is a two-way street, and always that is true.
The hitch in life, I've always found when making a new friend,
Is that your trust begins out whole; one hundred full percent;
And only through our actions, can that trust be lost in time,
Just tiny little actions tend to lesson something fine.
Respect for other's feelings, is the key to what endears
Your heart to parents, uncles, aunts, your friends and all your peers;
For when respect is given, it is taken back in kind,
And only then can friendship grow and last for endless time.
Each person has relationships with everyone they meet,
No two are ever just the same, for each one is unique;
It's up to each of us to make that friendship grow and thrive,
For without nurturing and care, it simply can't survive.
The more you push away the ones who care to share your heart,
Just makes it tougher next time when you wish to be a part;
Don't punish those who care for you by pushing them astray,
With hurtful words or actions that will shelter you away.
For someday you may wish you had someone to lend a hand,
And if you choose to let me care … I will be there, my friend.
[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 03-06-2001).]