No More ‘Smalling Up’ of Me

No more meekly saying ‘yes’
when my heart is screaming ‘no’
No more taming of my feelings
so my power won’t show
No more hiding my exuberance
from disapproving eyes

No more watering down myself
so my spirit won’t rise
No more ‘smalling up’ of me
pretending I’m not here
No more running from the music
and the spotlight’s glare
No more living in this prison
barricaded by my fears

No more turning and retreating
in the face of new frontiers
Even as I am speaking
I am taking shape and form
harnessing my powers
like a gathering storm

There’s no obstacle so bold
as to dare stand in my way
I am taking back my life
and I am doing it today.

written by Jean Wilson

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