A covered mouth carries closed eyes,
so no one sees the knots inside.
Her suppressed views, lay to reside,
constantly judged, opts to just hide.
A silenced tongue, helps keep her safe,
afraid to fall or make mistakes.
Anything said may cause offense,
wears a thick skin shield of defense.
Watches each word, cancels her views,
tries so damn hard to still be true.
Most will demand her honesty,
but crave that she always agrees.
So she decides to be herself,
by breaking free of her hard shell.
To socialize, still being her,
showing the world truths she offers.
Reflective smiles, mirror her heart,
she is a unique work of art.
Each step she takes sparkles with light,
self-acceptance, lets her shine bright.
Feels free and good in her own skin,
outwardly glows from peace within.
A profound love centers her soul,
provides her with new found control.
– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy
Originally Published June 13, 2021