Bottled

Overwhelmed by big emotions
Little boys are told it is unmanly to cry
Little girls are told it is unacceptable
It is no wonder young adults flail
Lost and confused in an ocean
Of unshed tears, unfelt feelings
Bottled inside, a whirlpool falling in
Drowning without knowledge
To deal with heartache, anger and pain
Lashing out, breaking down, tuning out
Crumbling from the core to the skin
How far have we advanced
If we deny our children their feelings?
Disregard them simply by age
Do not respect the growth
Of their beautiful, magical being?

Debbie Gravett © 2018.11.11

FOWC: Advanced
Image by Pixabay/Alexas_Fotos

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