Stand here

There is a quiet strength called courage

That I endeavor to embrace

As you threaten, berate, curse and lie

And pull all others into your farce.

While shaken, concerned, and my body remembers fear

I will still stand here, stand still, stand up

For I will not back down to a bully that gains all his courage

From the neck of a bottle

And the falsehoods of neighbors that you charm.

I understand that you do not comprehend this quiet courage,

This lack of manipulation, this stance of solitary stillness

And I have no need to explain it to you.

Guided by inner values, I need not the validation of others

And my truth will be heard in court

And judged accordingly.

I must remember, when panic seizes my throat

And I can not breathe,

That all I require is the legalities of the system

To take you to court the next time you threaten me directly.

Shall I not get the court’s nod to my stance,

I can still stand here in my staunch determination

To not be a victim

To not bend to pressure

To not cave to disapproval –

Even the insidious sidle of mendacious neighbors

Toward lies and away from truth.

You have the damaged dysfunction of an alien perspective

And I will find compassion for your hard life

And not excuse the behaviors that bully and threaten.

See me, I will stand here, stand still, stand up.

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