Extracting

Extractions hurt. We know it.

Even lignocaine

Cannot completely obviate

The sense of searing pain.

 

Communication’s difficult.

We know this truth as well.

No anaesthetic, analgesic

To help your truth to tell.

 

For some, it’s just too painful

A hardship to reveal

What they think or may believe,

Even what they feel.

 

Some struggle with this facet

Of a person’s character.

Like guessing at a game,

Charades for him or her.

 

There’s always some new method

Of extracting what is worth

Being said or spoken of.

Sometimes silence is a curse.

 

What is thought is guessed at

But that’s another game,

Communication’s worth its weight

While hidden feels like shame.