Phoenix Rising

Today, I felt as if I stepped off a cliff.

Am I just a waif?

For so long I have been in bondage.

And I have seen the carnage.

the pain and agony,

and people looking down at me from the balcony.

Today in my silence

I felt a surge of defiance.

Just as the phoenix rising

I will no more be compromising

Shackles and chains are broken

No more softspoken

Let the weak become strong

For I do belong

I am one of the chosen

I am like Lozen.

© Deborah Seale Schnadelbach 5/17/2022

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