flying egret

Unfold your wings.
Break the chains
Make fast your steps,
and be firm
in your will.

Know your value.
Believe
in your abilities. Respect
your ideas.
Break the barriers.
Do what your heart says—
not what others tell you.

You and I, we deserve
to receive love,
not to have our lips sliced—
the lips we tenderly place
on a baby’s cheek.
We deserve not to have our noses cut —
the nose we use to inhale our baby’s scent.

You deserve kisses of admiration.
Open your wings.
Fly higher up and up
Higher than any mountain, faster
than any bird.

By Sitara B.

Photo of Great Egret by Jack Wolf.