i want to tell you something…
in case you haven’t heard it before
or you were told as a young child and forgot,
but you are radiant.
some people will tell you otherwise.
they will do their best to snuff out your fire, cloaking you in darkness, making you invisible to the world.
and when they are at your gate demanding your individuality be handed over
you will say, “no”
you will say it over and over
resisting all urges to give up and give in,
no matter how many times they tell you