Wrapped up tight,
in a big, soft, blanket,
a small child weeps a tear.
Chasing acceptance, giving love....
Once a heart of fear.

In a quaint, rosy, picture
of a home painted over,
a youth strives to be nice.
Scared to trust, needing to love....
Once in a heart on ice.

In a cold, dark, corner
of a big bright world
sits a teenager all alone.
Deaf to friendship, blind to love....
Once a heart of stone.

Fighting the secrets
as they burst out in anger,
Life's student is full of desire.
Searching for answers, questing for love...

Full of confusion,
yet reviving the spirit,
the adult is trying to cope.
Feeling alive, learning to love...
Once a heart of hope.

by Amanda A.