Easy it would be to curl in a corner
allowing all that assaults you
to make you fear and cower.
But then like your mother
always said about that pouty face
“if you keep it twisted that way
it will get stuck in place.”
Never think I have not tasted
the bitterness of my fears my friend.
I have and all that food
ever made me hunger for
was for my life to be at an end.
I don’t know why
I ever let that shit in my mouth
at the time, I didn’t realize it was all lies
learned in my youth but now,
but now I am older and strong
and I absolutely know
that there is only one right, everything else is wrong
Stand straight as only an old one can
fight them that perpetuate the fear
that forces you to cower over a future
you think you see is your impending reality
but in truth it is not one that has to be.
If you need a place to start to find your truth
then run towards the love in your heart
Fight that power by taking it away from them
you gave it to one day way back when.
I have my soul and I would like to have others with me
but if I stand alone that is alright
because another thing I learned as I grew
was how to stand grace filled straight and fight.
First I thought it was with my fists,
which are good for broken knuckles and wrists
but then I got smart and started to use the hours
to see the same weaknesses in them
that now have no power to wield over me.
The weakness they were trying to exploit,
to create fear in my heart aged and adroit .
See the beauty of having nothing left to lose
except a mortal life turned from weak to strong
is you get to choose whether you live your own life
or whether you will corner cower
afraid of the men with no real power
if you so find that you have been greatly wronged
That is where you push deeply in with all your strength and might
your truth knowing, power of your own growing, moral knife.
© M Durfee