When you’re tired of hearing
that “it’s a pity you had to go through it,”
“no one should ever experience that,”
and “no wonder you’re all bottled up”
I am here to remind you
that yes, this is all true, but also that
you hold the strength of a thousand warriors,
the heart of all the saints,
and the will to survive of a bird
about to take flight from its nest.
I am here to apologize
for the world that can be so cruel,
for some people who are built up from death,
and for all the terrors you have felt.
I am here to tell you
that the Earth does house beauty,
that there are kind and gentle people,
and that you must allow yourself
to seek hope and freedom
because I promise you, it exists.
Finally, I am here to thank you
for being so filled with life
because you are proof that out of extreme darkness
can emerge an incredibly bright light.