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The Heart of the Matter


Susan Maree Jeavons

Do you know me - really know me?
Can you tell me what you see?
Do you see inside my soul,
to the very heart of me?
How can you perceive 
what you think you find within
if you haven't suffered with me,
never been where I have been?
Have you walked beside my shadow,
known the secrets I have kept?
Have you hidden in the darkness,
seen the tears that I have wept?
Have you felt my loneliness,
prayed for just a loving touch?
When you ask me how I'm doing,
do you really care that much?
Have you felt complete betrayal,
longed for someone you could trust?
Do memories haunt your days and nights;
a sentence so unjust?
How can you say you care 
if you do not realize
that a tiny child within me
is forever paralysed?

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