by Paulette C. Wolf
Spider web or pressure cooker --
Any other choice?
No matter where you go, there’s no interest in your voice.
They only want to see how you fit in their web --
As you smile they’ll suck your blood until they’re well-fed.
If your faith gives you
a roof, hot water and bed,
be active in your space or you’ll be cooked to lead.
If the pressure cooker doesn’t get you, chemicals flood your innards,
or your own inactivity melts your words.
The only road to sanity is to begin
to hear your own voice and face your needs within.
Then direct that voice without
(no need to shout)
to meet the needs of others
from where you are not in doubt.