Incarcerated in a “shell.”
Freedom rang from birth ’til age 5.
Until the state of play was changed.
Do as your told.
Home life, stable.
Taken in by two kindly senior citizens
Who, due to age, could not suffer
A lot of talking.
Introduction of religion.
Rules within rules
Wrapped around tradition and expectations.
Good intentions paved the road toward silent compliance.
Good intentions led to people pleasing.
The sacrificial lamb.
Ash and soot however
Is the birthplace
Of the phoenix.
A song, bursting through the silence.
To be me.