Where can you run where can you hide
Seeking solace from pain inside
Head spinning breathing shallow
Terror and pain filling marrow

Emptiness present hole in your gut
What keeps you falling into this rut
Where is the exit where is the door
Where is the freedom your heart longs for

No motivation no not for now
Wondering if ever and how
Will a steel bullet quiet the pain
Is that a sentence worse than this rain

TLonging for clear space quiet inside
All the while knowing no place to hide
To quiet the chatter deal with the pain
You make a plan to start over again

Only sure refuge we have is compassion
Get beyond self-loathing and all its passion
Deep in the quiet of your empty stillness
Find wisdom and comfort in your forgiveness

What quests have driven your life?
What have you given up in search of your own integrity?
What have been the rewards?
What is the source of the pain that cripples you and disturbs your sense of peace and quiet? How do you deal with the demons?
What have you discovered about the gift and value buried in the suffering

– Stewart Levine ©

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