It Takes A Toll

It takes a toll

this shining brightly
smiling
laughing
living

Leaves a body
restless
searching
wondering
when enough is enough

Leaves a mind
circling in on itself
screaming
crying
looking for a release
that just won’t come

It takes a toll
trying so hard
to be what everybody wants
needs
demands
without knowing
what it is you want
and need
and should demand

Leaves a heart
shivering
cowering
walled up
alone

Leaves a spirit
damaged
cold
colorless
dying

It takes a toll

NL (c) 2016
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