let go of this hardness

is it possible for us to let go
of these hard shells we wear?
we put them on when we are young
and we never take them off
most of us don’t even know we are wearing
a suit of armour
and yet people feel like
they are in prison

is it possible to take this shell off?

why yes! we are not like the tortoise
or the armadillo
who have to suffer their shell
we have a choice
our shell is optional
and, with a little effort,
can be removed

and what freedom comes
to walk without a shell
no more hardness
and no more defending
just a soft belly
open to the world

it is worth the effort
to have this freedom.

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