I greet each day resignedly,
work and home and family
and living quite amicably
with secrets in my heart.

They don’t obstruct my daily grind.
They’re tucked in shadow in my mind,
and rarely do I search to find
these secrets in my heart.

But then life brings me full about,
and—painfully—they come screaming out.
And it’s all that I can do but shout
these secrets in my heart.

Fear of anguish, fear of pain,
fear of failure, or disdain,
fear of being hurt again
with secrets in my heart.

A glance, a text, a grim confession,
my love’s denial or pretension;
I bite my lip so I won’t mention
these secrets in my heart.

The prison then becomes so clear;
I live inside it year to year,
keeping all outside from coming near
these secrets in my heart.

But through these walls a voice I hear.
It calms and soothes my raging fear
and asks that it may wander near
these secrets of my heart.

Its gentle words both cut and heal
showing what is false and real,
revealing all that is concealed,
these secrets of my heart.

Then on a gentle breeze they rise,
these fears they turn toward the skies
and lift their wings like butterflies,
these secrets of my heart.

This new voice now it sings to me,
and so I share the melody
to woo my friends so they can free
these secrets of the heart.

© 2020 Kim Kelly Pullen

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