“Just be yourself”
Untamed and free
That we may leash you
And determine
The extent of your freedom

“Just be yourself”
So that we may mock
Your quirkiness
And cringe, yes cringe!
At the pitch of your voice

“Just be yourself”
That we may marvel
At your beauty
Or cast stones at your
Flaws, too giant to ignore.

“Just be yourself”
Don’t box yourself in!
That we may tremble,
Terrified by your audacity
And shove you
Right where you belong!

“Just be yourself”
The very person
You were created to be
That we may nip and tuck
Carve and sculpt
Until you are the amoeba
We have dissolved into
And the chameleon
We have adapted to be.
Itari Eki-Allen