With subtle starts in fingertips,
callousness blunts senses dumb
in every lessened friction gripped
with irritations dimmed to dull,
encrusting epidermal sense
within a thicker, deader shell,
until perception's apathy,
indifferent sans empathy,
when feelings cannot touch or bring
and senselessness turns everything
to desolation and despair
once emotions stop to care
and emptiness is all you grasp
and meaningless it is to gasp
as nothingness encloses all
in the blindness of your fall
that day you chose to look away
from what your eyes began to say
and closed your ears to wisdom's word
ignoring what they should have heard.
Come face what you've denied: the hurt
and everything you did dessert.
Be vulnerable. Remove the cast.
Experience the pains at last.
Only then will healing start
to tenderize that hardened heart,
revive and thrive, as well it must,
lest you become insensate dust.
Callousness © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.
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Submitted: June 25, 2019