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The Suit and the Suitor

This is one of my more powerful poems especially for those who are healing from abuse or for those who yet need a light at the end of that dark tunnel in order to get out!  Remember to forgive yourself!  I hope this helps!


It opens a bit

And I peer inside

So frightening the site

I close it and hide


The years go on

But closed it won’t stay

I keep seeing more

And it won’t go away


A man comes along

And tells what he sees

He points out the stains

The torn threads at the seams


But what are they for

He asks so confused

My answer is marks

For I’ve been abused


No the stains on the outside

Why are they there

My answer is clearly

That life was unfair


But why not take it off

It’s not part of you now

For it’s only a suit

That you wear like a crown


Because I just can’t

For what will I do

I don’t know who I am

Without this old suit


I want all who see

To know where I’ve been

To feel sorry for me

And to be my friend


But they won’t want all this

They’ll want to have fun

They won’t want to hold you

And help you to run


But I don’t know what’s in there

For what will they see

If I open this up

And they see the real me


He pulls back the suit

And looks deep inside

A smile creeps up

His eyes full of pride


Fear churns in my stomach

At the site that I see

At this man full of pride

And he’s looking at me


I pull back the suit

And close it up tight

Don’t do that again

For you cause such a fright


The pain on his face

And the hurt in his eyes

But why can’t I see that

Every day of my life


Why can’t I have beauty

To walk next to me

Why must that old suit

Hide that which I see


I run to the corner

To hide in the dark

But the light creeps inside

Showing all those old marks


How ugly this is

This suit that I wear

I peel it back slowly

I sit and I stare


Time passes by

Not sure what to do

The man is still here

But my friends are so few


I sit and I wait

The fear all around me

The man he appears

Standing so proudly


I’m sorry for you

But I must leave you now

I need someone here

Who’s not afraid to come out


But I don’t want you to leave

I can’t do this alone

And neither can I

I can’t carry these stones


My eyes fill with tears

And as they roll down my face

I peel back the suit

And it lights up the space


This actually looks good

There’s light and there’s air

No darkness surrounds me

And I don’t feel so bare


I look up and he’s smiling

A tear in his eye

Now this gives me hope

For this I shall try


But to do this I need love

More than I see

A reassurance of the good

As I set myself free


The stains there so long

They are stuck to my skin

And the threads wound so deep

They’ve gone to within


His hand wraps in mine

Our tears turn to gold

So bright is the future

And all it beholds!


~Pamela K. Berkhiem

©October 25, 2010

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