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Let's keep the children
safe and warm
cuddled close
and free from harm

No, but what monster
hides underneath the bed
let's find and name
the monsters
all instead

we are wired not for safety
but for truth
don't hide grief and fear
from the youth

a child survives by attunement to
your heart
they listen deeply from
their start

long before they understand
your words
they sense the world's
monsters
as a herd

a disney childhood is
a lie
the heartfelt child
wonders why

name your sorrows and
your pain
then your child will know
they have a name

no monsters hide beneath
my childrens' bed
they know I hold them
close and dear instead

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