the farthest that I've ever been,
the hardest I've ever stretched
these vocal chords
the first step, like emancipation
I presume

yet I if mess up,
it becomes the flaw
that will come back to haunt me

so I'll let the jarring rhythm
take over me,
and open my nervous mouth
and sing out these words
that everyone will judge

I'll come out of this shell
that I've covered myself for so long

and start learning
how to believe in myself.