Express yourself
Express yourself,
They say.
What do they know?
Of the secret things in my heart,
Or dark thoughts not voiced
Because it was out of my character?
Express yourself,
They say.
What do they know?
Of restricting parents that expect only the best,
Or teachers that think of you as a "good" student
Because you do what they want you to?
Express yourself,
They say.
What do they know?
Of my longing to be freed,
Or feelings that no one else has
Because they are normal?
Express yourself,
They say.
Will they listen to what you say?
Or simply nod absently and go,
"Very good, dear, speak up."
And smile in your face?