I reach across divide to touch your heart
Recoil from me as if I carry plague
You have it seems a phobia of kind
The cry for help is kept distinctly vague
I reach again more gentle by your side
The shrug a reflex damage people learn
Insouciance so studied lack the care
You feel that trust is something you can spurn
I reach the point where friends suggest defeat
My soft expression target for your lies
And then you whip your tongue across my face
The vitriol an effluent surprise
I reach within I’m human and humane
The softest cushion best absorbs the pain


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