Shining in your eyes a lively spark of humour dances
A flame you try to hide behind words that contain cultivated steel
It was tended slowly, carefully learned lessons glow.
You try not to show beauty for that means vulnerability and you were taught
Never show your weaknesses for they will be exploited
And you will learn the hard way
So you say little or too much trying to build a perfect shield
Choosing your confidantes with extreme care
Told to smile, be agreeable to just dance on strings prettily little puppet
Your eyes show flinty grey with lightning sparks of anger
Chewing them up with words they don’t understand
With wisdom they dismiss because they think it’s not nice
Do you care?
Not one jot
And it’s all I can do to allow myself to be the brave woman you were
The beautiful, brave, dangerous woman who is only herself.