Speak up, darling

To be perfectly candid
would invite attack from all sides,
so I attempt a simple request:
please don’t call me names.
Even that is greeted by hostility.
Why do you stay,
you may ask.
I am finally strong enough to say
if I can’t stand up authentically
in my own family,
isn’t every other voice I use
a lie? And if I retreat from this aggressive
treatment, won’t I simply recreate it
once I am “away”?
It is becoming quite clear
that now is the time to speak my truth
with as much compassion as I can gather
for the ears, so long shielded,
and the eyes, so long blindfolded,
who do not like what they hear
and want to change what they see.

Inspired by The Daily Word Prompt: candid


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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

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