The Renaissance

by Soyini Denise Liburd

I'm in a a a world.
But the world doesn't know me...
I'm safe from the one's who would tear at my heart.
My heart is safe, but it longs to be free
Of all the strangers out there who will be
The one to give me the love I crave.

Outside's the world - within walls lies the room.
I'm inside the room...I find comfort here.
Inside me a child cowers, she has no one to care.
Afraid of life, of love...of pain.
Is one without the other impossible to attain?

My heart stiffens - her eyes squeeze shut...
An arm outstretched, the other covers her face;
They fight now...she waits.
At the end: she wins - she loses.
Will no one touch her outstretched hand?
Will no one touch my outpoured heart?

The room is locked and rightly so...
For out there lies the pain.
But sometimes the ear, if inclined just right
Hears something besides the howls at night.
There's singing and laughter, the children of love.

An outstretched hand drops, safety wins.
A sigh of relief - a gasp of pain.
Tomorrow she will try again.

A thread of light under a heavy door.
Determination does endure.
Doubt too lingers on; first a whisper, then a roar.
I'm years behind - so late, will I find
Other's who feel as I feel, a soul to cleave to mine?

She crawls towards the thread of light.
My heart skips a beat.
With tottering legs, she stands on her feet.
falling...rising, Falling....Rising, FALLING...RISING.
Her hands on the doorknob - it creaks, it turns.
What do you think she will first learn?
My heart softens - it warms, it starts to heal.
What do you think I will first feel?
Won't you give us an answer?
We will try to learn to love.
We will try.
To learn...
To love.


The Renaissance by Soyini Denise Liburd

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