There is a law unwritten but enforced
called “conformity”….and it is lethal.
Breaking it means a death osentence
of the mind although a life sentence follows.
I have broken that law.
I have become a number,
and my identity replaced
and re-written by a society
that demands I remain in line,
and graze with the sheep.
If you don’t give your mind
to the sheep and their shepherds
you are labeled and branded…
And you are feared…
I learned that confessing
my sins and failures marks you..
and stains your life in the eyes of the flock.
Your brand changes–to one of scarlet.
Indelible and irremovable.
You are shunned and cast out;
and the sheep become the shepherds.
with staffs that hook and govern
your choices and your destinty.
I choose to refuse to fit
into the mold of “repentance”.
I’ve confessed enough.
The rest of what is within me
is mine alone to keep…
as a buried treasure of secret knowledge
that only opens with a key in my soul.
I will not give it away.
I will not open it for anyone.
I will not be pushed.
I have become, and will always will be
my own person, walk my own path
and open my own gate–
Like another, I will live my life in resistance.
They won’t hold me. No one will.
My life is my own.