“You don’t say.”


You’re right, I don’t


I don’t say

how badly I’m hurting.


I don’t say

how much I care.


I don’t say

what I need from you.


I don’t say,

“How can I help?”


I don’t say,



I don’t say

because it feels like weakness,

because it feels like failure,

because it feels like neediness.


I don’t say

because I don’t want to be a burden,

because I don’t want to be “that” friend,

because I don’t want to be “fixed”.


So if I do say

something, anything



raw and true,


it’s something

I don’t say

to just anyone,

but I’m saying it to you.  


(How do we create relationships

strong and safe enough to welcome

those things we don’t say?)