In the name of peace, I held my tongue
Until my lips bled lies.
I silenced both my truth and voice.
I stifled all my cries.
I grew deaf to my own suffering,
And numb to my own pain;
Wore dissociated smiles
And laughed at jokes in vain.
Trauma can tear a soul in two,
When it stays unspoken;
Wrecking dreams, creating havoc,
Until all seems broken.
Yet, the burdened heart within me
Refused to give up hope,
Clinging to a promised future,
My faith, to help me cope.
Love broke through my defenses, all,
With gentleness and grace.
Love patiently endured my fears
From such a darkened place.
The Light of Truth destroyed the lies
Which tried to keep me bound,
Setting my soul free, now, I can stand
Upon this hallowed ground.