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''Master of Separation''

What else was I supposed to do?
How else was I to cope?
The safety of a separate me
is all that gave me hope...

We fear the world will change too fast
and life will be too hard
We fear the world will harm us
so we always walk on guard

We fear the world will fail us
so we put our trust in none
We fear the world will leave us
so we're always first to run

We fear the world won't hear us
so for love we never ask
We fear the world won't love us
so we hide behind a mask

Life's pain has made you bitter
so you did what most would do:
You found a way to keep the world
from ever hurting you

You made a separate image
of a you that others see
you've mastered separation
and now strive for PhD

But what you use to keep you safe
(or so at least it seems)
that self-same thing will keep you from
accomplishing your dreams

The perch from which you view the world
from which you feel protected
keeps people at a distance
and life's not what you expected

To find the you you were
before the pain that has you scarred
become again the child you were
before your heart got hard...

There was a time when you thought the world was safe. But something happened that shattered your beliefs and forced you to adapt accordingly. To keep yourself safe, you learned how to separate yourself from who you were and to become who you thought you needed to be in order to spare yourself any more pain. So by the time you reached adulthood, you'd become an expert, a Master of Separation working on still higher degrees.

But now you're realizing that you're stuck. You're in limbo somewhere between your memories of childhood bliss and an imagined future you can't seem to get to. So, what's the answer? What's the solution? How do you get from there to over there? You've got to unlearn all the "education." Unlearn all the skills that you mastered, and take a remedial class on how to be that child again. For in the naivete, bravery, trust confidence, love, honesty and self-acceptance of childhood lies the only hope of becoming a true adult.

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Walt's Life Rhyme #239
(Master of Separation)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 04-26-2002
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