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''A New Suit ''

Your wall of words and posture
keeps the ones you love at bay
detached observer teacher
is the role you like to play

The distance keeps you safe
while observation feeds the myth
and teachers never take the tests
their students struggle with

The suit you wear most proudly
in your quest to self-define
obscures the best of you from view
and dulls your inner shine

For if you knew the you WE know
the one that's sensed not seen
You'd realize the folly
of your trivial smoke screen

We all wear suits to shield us
from the blizzard in love's bliss
Reward and risk are one
so with each plunge remember this:

You can't control love's fire
it can warm but it may sear
But better to be scorched by love
than cold and dowsed by fear!

I maintain that there's only one of us here. The people in your life are your reflection. Their challenges are the same ones you face. So the advice you find yourself dispensing to help another are the same words you need to hear to heal yourself.

So, as I find myself helping a friend on Wednesday with the thoughts above, lo and behold, did I not find myself in the same classroom benefiting from the lesson! Yikes!

So, to my friend who's kept that guard up for so long. Let it down, my friend. Take the chances we all must if we are to pursue happiness. There's no guarantee there won't be pain, but you'll realize there's life beyond it, once you know that it's not a judgment upon you, but simply life playing itself out in ways that it inevitably must as we humans learn the same lesson over and over again.

You gain nothing real by maintaining the image that you think is keeping you safe. Those who truly love you see the real you anyway. It's not the facade that keeps us in your presence. It's the goodness behind it that shines through despite your best efforts to keep it cloaked. We know what's going on, and have decided to love you despite yourself. We'll all share a good laugh when you join us on this side of knowing, and throw that suit away for good.

Dedicated to D.O.

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Walt's Life Rhyme #324
(A New Suit )
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 12-12-2003
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