the secrets you clasp tight to your chest
those protected in darkness.
Reflect on whether
it is only through fear of overwhelming others
with the pain which others sought to overwhelm you
that you stay silent.
it is not your secret you’re keeping
and it is not your shame you’re carrying
you do not have to shout it from the rooftops
just know that freedom lies on the other side
of leaving the burden to the one
who brought it to being in you.
May they take it in silence or be judged for their crimes.