Fighting the Autumn Wind

My knees just gave out
Distinct sounds of their own –
Not in unison, but together
Mourning how long
I have stood.

How long I have stood
Waiting
How long I have stood
In silence
While being berated
How long I have stood
Hiding my tears
How long I have stood
Living in fear
How long I have stood
Smiling a lie
How long I have stood
Not being enough
In my eyes
How long I have stood
Being ashamed
How long I have stood
Wanting to be treated
The same.

My knees gave out
And I wondered when
My heart would,
As I looked through
The glass doors
Watching the trees fight
Against the autumn wind.

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