Silence is golden.
You have the right to remain silent.
Children should be seen and not heard...
And maybe children should be invisible too.
For all the years my lips were sealed in a pasting of gluey fear.
For all the times you made my self expressions void and queer.
For all the times you professed my guilt and executed punishment.
For all the rivers you made flow in decadence.
For all the hurts that were left unhugged.
For all the love that you returned to sender; unopened.
For all the soul-stripping glares.
For all the heart-stopping footfalls on the stairs.
For the boil-in-the bag bathtimes.
For blowtorching that barnet of mine.
For all the times I cried, distraught.
For breaking my spirit, or so you thought.
For stealing my identity, a little each day.
For getting me lost in your crazy maze.
For all the wounding daggers you spat.
For all the words that stabbed my heart.
I NOW STAND TALL AND STATE MY RESOUNDING CLAIM,
"I HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH"
"I HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF E
"I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE"
"AND GOD WOMAN, I SWEAR,
I SURE AS HELL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ME!"
I forgive you!