And when you have to tuck your beauty away from the world to be left alone,

Or don barbs to let it be known you can be armed,

questions come-

do you engage, or duck and cover, or walk away?

Do you laugh or poke back or disappear?

In the freeze or fight or flight, where do you hold?

Words

stumble.

Momentum and strength kept you moving yet

look

look hard at the toll.

What you thought you could take,

and exactly what you have taken,

carry a cost your body will explain.

Body speaks loud.

Drop a sledgehammer on the used way,

watch a smile curl at the sight of its destruction.

Tools this grand, and in capable hands,

will topple the castle the dream 

along with those miles of manipulation.

What you’ve got here doesn’t come free.

And it’s yours.

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