I don’t ask for help
which has infuriated those closest to me,
but I say
how can you expect me to open up and ask
or to share my struggles
if you have not laid a foundation of trust
where I feel I could do so.
where I know, unequivocally,
that you are present
that you are on my side
that you are for me.
How can I be expected to lay myself bare
to your gaze
if you are not even looking at me?
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