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Posted: December 25th. 2004 2:45:18 PM

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Harming Oneself: Is It Really Wise?

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

Someone didn't love you
The way you needed to be loved.
Someone didn't know how
To appreciate your beauty,
Both within and without.

So go ahead and blame yourself,
When it's not your fault.
Go ahead and hurt yourself,
For someone else,
Who didn't care enough.

Go ahead and deny the true ones,
Who do love you for you,
Exactly the way you are,
Who never told you your smile
Erases their pain.

Those who haven't told you quite yet,
How you've helped them,
How you've kept them going,
If for nothing else,
Than to just make it through the day.

You didn't know they were hurting,
They didn't tell you.
You were just there,
And you helped as best you could
Even if you didn't know how,
Because you too have experienced pain.

Others don't know you are hurting,
You haven't told them,
But they are there,
And will help as best they can
Even if they don't know how,
Because they too have experienced pain.

Go ahead and hurt your true friends,
Your family, your pets, yourself.
Leave them all behind to wonder
How they could have helped
If only they knew you were hurting.

Leave this world behind,
Knowing it will just keep turning,
The Sun and Moon will still shine,
The birds will still sing,
And life will simply go on
As it has always done --
Less the very blessing
Of your existence in it.

Yes, go ahead and perpetuate the pain,
Take your own life
For nothing more than a lousy reason.
Your absence only ensures
That the problem and the pain
Will NEVER be solved!

Multiply your burden
Times all the people who care,
And then leave it all to them,
Your last legacy,
Inherited by the ones who never deserved it.
That IS how you want them to remember you,
Isn't it?

And when you reach the other side,
You will hear their thoughts
Each time they think of you
And learn the hard way that passing over
Was not the answer.
Too late, eh?

Do this world a terrible injustice,
Defy your beliefs,
Harm No One? Yeah,
Make one little exception
And harm yourself,
Because you are too weak
To think clearly.

All because of two people:

The one who didn't care enough;
Why not just grieve and let go,
Don't go down thinking
It hasn't happened before
To everyone else who has ever lived
Because it has...

And then there's the second person,
Whether you want to or not,
Whether in life or in death,
You must face this person --

The one who also didn't
Love you enough,
Because this person too,
Did not know how.

The most important one of all...
The one who stares back at you
Each time you look in a mirror.

If the person in the mirror
Is thinking of harming you,
Well, isn't the only logical answer,
To defend yourself?

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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