Bruised Heart, Broken Spirit, Lonely Soul

cry your tears in public places 
put the callous ones to shame
don’t hide your pain in secret places
shout out loud, declare your name
demand they see, confront the guilty
bargain not, accept no plea
cry your tears in public places
let them see, let them see
they laugh alone at bar-side tables
pretending not to hear your cries
rise up boldly there before them
confront them with unblinking eyes
then watch their smiles waver slightly
watch the silent struggle form
turn your back and walk forth boldly
through the thunder and the storm.

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