Pleasing the world around her
Friends and family had their say
While she was a silent spectator.
Suppressing her heart’s inner desire,
She walked on a balance-beam
Set by others, so they could admire
Her virtue, while she smothered her dreams.
She did her best to conform
To the narrow confines they had set
She mastered how to perform
Synchronously, like a puppet.
The stubborn streak within her
Which sometimes would threaten display
She did learn to suppress forever
Her will she trained not to stand in the way.
Lived her life listening to everyone
And as she lay on her death-bed
She realized she never had done
Anything her heart had said…