My heart had been closed off and hiding out
entombed as it was in a world of words
and fragments of memories.
Guilt, shame and self-criticism
were relentless sentries,
letting no hope in.
I locked my heart to shield me
from further pain
and EVERYTHING else.
Most especially from the one thing
that could really heal me –
I discovered in the presence of your
kind and steadfast love
the priceless gift of acceptance
That was the key that fit the lock
and released me from the darkness
of my self-made prison.