Talking Back

In these manifestations, I am Talking Back—
Talking back to a world that breeds intolerance,
Hatred, and a callous disregard for life.
Talking back to those who commit violent acts
Against themselves and others.

Talking back to false pride and passiveness,
Talking back to convention and the
Pursuit of things as a measure of success.
Talking back to loneliness,
Talking back to God.

Talking back to those who would constrain me,
To those I empower to judge me,
To those who do not speak of secret things.

Talking back to my past and embracing it,
Talking back to fear and befriending it,
Talking back and receiving Grace.