do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, even though you knew
cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument
got lost on your tongue?
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you're 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your
eyes when you
talk about your interests for "too long,"
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven't jumped from in 7
3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 years
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your
your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can't handle their own. but you never
and have never been