Unhinged (shirezan)

You call me unhinged
Because I dared to care
To feel
To think
To speak
To scream
To yell
In ways
That confronted you
Confounded you

You call me unhinged
Because I dared to break
In my cracks
In my heart
In my soul
In soft pieces
Falling from hard edges

You call me unhinged
Because my anger is not allowed
It’s too big
Too brash
Too boastful
Too powerful

You call me unhinged
Because culture told you
You could
Throw your words
Like stones
To break my will

You call me unhinged
Because you can’t see
Power in me
Because you can’t believe
If there’s power in me
There will be life left for you

You call me unhinged
Because you want me small
To step on my voice
To silence us all

You call us unhinged
Too emotional
Too wild
Too big and too loud
Too aggressive
Too assertive
Too strong on this ground

You call us unhinged
Did it make you feel strong?
To trample our souls
To snuff out our lights
To silence our words?

You call ME unhinged
You thought with those words
I’d crumble
I’d fall
I’d cave to your will
Admitting defeat

When you called me unhinged
And refused to see me
And refused to hear me
You strengthened my will
Gave me resolve

When you called me unhinged
You caused me to hear
The echoes of my voice
Of all their voices
Ancestral cries
Becoming stronger with time
Louder
They ring
In my ears
And my mind

When you called me unhinged
I reached deep inside
To call on the lioness
To hear her cries
From the depths of my souls
I heard my own screams
That I am a human
With feelings
And a mind

You call me unhinged
Because you hate my mind
But my mind
It’s not for you
My mind
It’s divine

For those who are worthy
Will hear my ideas
And my powerful words
Will no longer be cries
But knives that can cut
Through the bullshit
The lies
So only the powerful
Will stand at my side

You call me unhinged
But what I see in your eyes
Is fear of my power
And I know I’m alive