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Safe at last

I am so afraid
Afraid that people might see
who I really am
I try to hide it
outside I'm calm, cool, collected
but inside I'm crumbling
into a million pieces
I can't hide it forever

Sometimes the mask slips off
and I'm exposed and vulnerable
I feel so naked
and everyone is looking at me
they can see right through me
but I put my mask back on
and I'm safe behind it
Nothing can happen to me there
SAFE.

But the fear comes back again.
Just like it always does
Then I'm crying out again
Crying for help inside.
The mask comes off again

That's when I feel him
Holding my hand
The voice says
"Don't fear my child for I love you exactly
as you are and I will always be with you"
Suddenly a peace comes over me
And I'm not afraid anymore
Because I know he loves me
Just the way I am.

by Tabitha G

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