The Poetry Bar

Internal Instinct

in the shadowed recesses
of my mind

i’ll keep the secrets
not easily shared

the thoughts which wound
myself and others

hasty utterances withheld
avoid bruises of the heart

diplomacy, caring or tact
call it what you will

this maturity gleaned over years
demands it

Susi Bocks – writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. You can find her work at or follow her on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women and in Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.


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