She’s the Hero

 I am scared by this world.

By the events happening around me, by the people hurting so close to me, of my own pain.

It terrifies me how a victim of rape gives everything to me and yet everything has been taken from her.

It enamors my heart that a woman who suffers from depression may never know how much I love her, how much I need her, and how much I miss her.

How an immigrant, the closest person I hold to my heart, can be taken away from me at any time.

How every day his circumstances lead him to become more and more like me.

It frightens me that the only man I’ve ever loved is sick and I can’t heal him.

How he will never know that he’s already good enough.

That the black man who has liberated me with excitement will forever be chained to the stereotype of what a black man should be.

I am scared by this world.

By the strength and power it has over the people I love. 

 I want to give my life for them, to be everything that they need.

But this world is so overwhelmingly full of pain that it’s hard to save them all.

I am scared by this world.

For how it took me under its wings at a young age.

For the way I fight every night to escape the false love it offers me.

I go through the motions and hope it sticks.

It never does.

So I stand tall, speak loud, and pound my chest to the beat of my own drum.

But the truth…

I am scared by this world.

Soon a new day will arise when I will have to lay down such fear.

When I will look into the eyes of the people I love, and know they are scared too.

Know I don’t suffer alone and that despite the pain,

I can still choose love. 

Miss Parisia B.

Photo by Andreas Wagner on Unsplash

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful truth/poetry and well said, no need to be afraid…God’s got our backs & He’s coming back like He said He would…Amen!

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