What happened? I was fine when I was young —
for when I spoke, I spoke with greatest care:
quite forcefully the truth leapt from my tongue,
and softly laid my heart her secrets bare.
But when I learned how many truths repel —
how soon an honest heart leads some to dread —
I changed, and spoke to please; sweet lies I'd tell...
to friends now far away, and loves now fled.
What once I was, I long again to be;
on sleepless nights, a voice within me swears
that even now, my better self endures,
though trapped; another's love must set him free.
So to you now my heart her secrets bares:
no other love can bring me back but yours.