Safe Place


This is for all the therapists and counselors out there. You all do amazing work, but remember to take care of yourselves, too!

A warm smile, an inviting gesture
A private office, for one hour
“Come on in and have a seat. Tell me anything.”
“How is school, the job, the kids?”
“Do you feel overwhelmed or stretched thin?”

They begin to explain the trials
Or the pickles that they’re in
And I feel a pull inside my chest
Awakening compassion

This is supposed to be their safe place
But this is where I break
Within these four walls
I do my best to console
But the nightmares
And all the cares
Become my own
And I’ll take them home
This is for their sake
This is supposed to be their safe place

The sky’s a little grayer
Than it was yesterday
My fuse a little shorter
And my heart’s a little frayed

What they disclose
The burdens that they unload
Where do they think they go
They’re shared by my own soul

But this is supposed to be their safe place
And this is where I break
Within these four walls
I do my best to console
But the nightmares
And all the cares
Become my own
And I’ll take them home
This is for their sake
This is supposed to be their safe place

Where there used to be a fire
Now lies freezing ashes
What used to be admired
Now numb by jaded masses
Indifferent cynicism
Plays its morbid hymn
But this is not how I will let it end

I need a safe place
To renew my faith
I need still waters
Because my soul still matters
This isn’t selfish
I’m being honest
I cannot console
Weighted by this toll
This is for our sake
We all need a safe place

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