You’ve taken from me

Essential and frivolous things alike

Slandered my name like a virus

Kicked me savagely when I was down

You were not seeking a merciful death

To force upon me a life of anguish

This was your perpetually vile goal

You overlooked the powerful truths

My people know who I am

Honorable and loving memories are like stars

Their light ever can’t and won’t be erased

Rebuilding my life will embolden me

An army of friends will back me

As a horrid, deafening silence imprisons a quivering you