Rise

Written by: Pamela Davison

You believe me a fool, 
Easily consumed by your authority, 
Basking in your biases 
To dictate my future, 
Yet you cannot know 
The walls I've had to bring down. 

Can you feel the heat of my stare? 
While you scream for 
The audacity I display 
By remaining here, 
I am motivated by your disapproval. 
I can smell your fear. 

It's just what we all need, 
This betrayal of subterfuge, 
Masked and hiding 
Behind anonymity, 
But know this much... 
I will not bow to your gravity. 

You don't remember me, 
But I linger in the mist, 
Watching and waiting 
For your arrival 
With whispers of welcome, 
Then I'll show you what grace is. 

Even when your monsters 
Call my name, 
Denying my quality, 
You'll see this rebel 
Fly over you 
Like a velvet sky. 

In the aftermath of your brutality 
I shall continue to sing. 
I will shine brighter, 
Until your acceptance 
No longer matters. 
I will rise above this, too.