In what bandages have you wrapped yourself?
What splints do you wear to protect your injured places?
How does that padding limit you?
What have you lost in trying to be safe?
Remember as a child, when you ran free, tumbled and played
Remember being yourself, before the world taught you how to be
Before you were wounded, before you were
Bullied, chastised, ignored into the splints
And casts you wear now?
You may have forgotten those feelings; we all forget sometimes.
But your body knows who you are. Maybe
You still need those bandages, maybe you don’t.
Maybe those old wounds are actually healed by now.
Could you take off some of your wrappings
And move how you want to move?
Can you imagine how it would feel
To run, to fly, to sit still when that is right
To tell the world, ‘This is who I am. Accept me
Or let me go?’
Can you imagine being free?
Can you accept life’s responsibilities,
And find freedom within them?
Sending you the courage to find out.