What Lies Beneath

What lies beneath
Lost to the sea floor
Forgotten as time passes
Revealed as the tide recedes
Giving up its secrets?

What lies beneath
Hidden on the forest floor
Under the debris and leaf litter
Revealed when new paths are cut
Exposing what could be?

What lies beneath
Old wooden floor boards
Under years of dust
Revealed when curiosity
Drives one to explore?

What lies beneath
Our public persona and
The face we present to others
Revealed as darkness sets in
Leaving us alone with our thoughts?

What lies beneath
Our fears and insecurities
Created by our past
Revealed when faced with new events
And we opt to be brave?

What lies beneath
The hurt we feel
Buried below layers of pain
Revealed when we choose to accept
The hand we’ve been dealt?

What lies beneath
Our superficial behavior
Behind the walls we create
Revealed when we start to open up
Allowing ourselves to trust and love?

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