Puncture my parachute so I find my wings and fly.
Take me away from the outside world so I connect with the person in the mirror.
Cage me in a bubble so I break out of it.
Silence me so I find meaningful things to say when I regain my voice.
Push me into the dark so I find my way through the long nights.
Corner me so I reclaim my space. Violate my space so I erect boundaries.
Hold me close to the ground so my urge to stand tall and proud intensifies.
Bind me tight so I learn to play with knots of limitation.
Hit me when I’m down so I savour the ups when the rollercoaster turns.
Drown me in doubt so I wade towards my survival.
Take away the false shine, so I’m not blinded by glimmer. Snatch a real diamond or two, so I learn its value.
Punch me in the stomach so I learn to stand up for myself.
Lure me into Candyland so I separate fantasy from reality.
Lay me in rock bottom so I look up to the sky.
Pull the ground beneath my feet so I find new legs to stand on.
Stretch me so I know how to reach.
Pin me to the wall so I learn not to beat my fists against it.
Render me weak so I grow to be strong. Leave me helpless so I discover tools to help myself.
Burden me so I’ll relieve myself of some battles.
Drop me out of another’s world so I shoot for the stars in the galaxy.
Throw me in a cesspool of agony so I relish every moment of ‘happy.’
Place me in a well of tears and I’ll cherish every drop of the elixir of joy.
Destroy all that I’ve built so I create a better home for myself.
Erase all that I was so I get to rewrite who I am.
I’ve you to thank for any success, acceptance and progress that has been splashed onto my palette.
Thank you for being my cheerleader. My saviour. My best friend.
Kudos to you for knowing what I need before I do.
I look forward to when you come and visit me next.
Copyright © Roshni Ramanan