It doesn’t have to be Some Big Thing
You do today.
The Inner Judge that Pushes you
Also Leads Astray.
The Thing inside that Punishes
The Thing that ever-states,
“It doesn’t matter what you want,
Just do exactly as I say.”
We all have that Thing inside us
We may call it by different names
But the Harsh Advice it gives us
Always sounds the same.
It Beats Us Up with Expert Reasons
Harvested in self-harm, for
When a child falls or stumbles —
Does it help to also break his arm?
So when this Thing attacks you
It helps to know He’s there
It helps to know His twisted Tricks
It helps to Stay Aware.
When the Punisher has got the whip
And He’s giving you your twenty licks
Look again and understand
The whip itself
Is in your hand.
You can choose to Notice that!
Call on a different inner part:
Let your Warrior take over
And choose the Path of Heart.