As a child my task
Was to conform myself to my confinement.
Before I could walk walls were in my way.
Unable to define myself I wandered aimlessly,
Only defined by the banks around me.
Parents placed their levees,
Each one diverting me to another goal.
Dividing me from myself.
I grew voiceless.
I grew small.
I surrendered pieces of myself,
Cutting them away.
Am I small enough?
Am I quiet enough?
In those days in that house
All was orderly, predictable, controlled.
No one sensed the coming storm.
Not me. Not them.
Until the rising flood swept everything aside.
Pixabay / Pete Linforth