The Thing That Chokes

That thing around your neck…
Is it fear or is it shame?
Why do you wear it so proudly?
It dangles from one terrible emotion
to the other and I just can’t put
my finger around it.

That thing around your neck…
It’s choking you,
I can see.
Why not take it off?
Do you wish to die?

That thing around your neck…
It wears pride this morning
and your smile has another face
hidden.
What’s it?
Is it sadness?
Why not just take it off?

That thing around your neck…
Feels like a burden;
too heavy to bear..
Bearing on the cages of your lungs
I can’t feel your breath!
Why not take it off?

That thing around your neck…
It vestures blood…
Why do you die slowly?
Why do you let it feed on you?
Why not just take it off?

That thing around your neck..
Brings tears to your eyes..
Ah! These repetitions are killing me already..
I want to cry too..
Let me just say it one more time…
That thing around your neck…
You know what it means to you…
and you know it’s not worth it.
Now, let’s take it off.
And let the You be You…
A brand new You.

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