The most profound moment in my life
was not given to me
in the form of some grand gesture,
but instead articulated
through one insightful adage.
“This girl wears her heart on her sleeve.”
I may have been too young to understand,
what exactly that meant,
but it was the first time anyone fought for me.
It’s something I’ll never forget,
how you stepped in
and told everyone that you should never
demoralize someone when they’re down.
I was transparent and vulnerable,
and you did what you could
to keep them from feeding on me
like the hungry wolves they were,
but you could’ve done more.