Afraid to Exist

I saw myself and shook from head to toe
I heard my voice cry out from deep within
I ran away, I couldn’t bear to know
I chose to think existence was a sin
I wanted to join in with all the world
The smells, the tastes, the textures called to me
Around my hand, another’s hand was curled
She told me I would drown if I was free
So interest was forbidden from my face
Lest someone notice I was still alive
I stayed afraid to join the human race
Lest I be carried off by ocean tides
     One day the tide did sweep me out to sea
     Instead of being drowned, it set me free

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