they took my light
and spun lies with it.
they stitched my lips closed—
covered my eyes,
and filled my ears so
that i could not see, or hear,
the war they waged on my name.
i could not speak over their lies.
so i wept until my tears became an ocean
that swallowed the earth and drowned them all.

-and they called her a witch, when all she wanted was freedom

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