ON BENDED KNEES

By carrie   

Shirtless was her ruler while she wore an invisible armor
His sobriety left before nightfall
And her tears kept us up all night
He thought he was her shield
But she was clothed in bravery and courage

She was her children’s light
And even when her struggles seemed endless
She could not blow out her candles
She would never leave the farmlands
Unless darkness escorted her out
Her eyes deepest of the northern wells, gave away her pain

She could cross the Nile without a sailor
And kill a lion with all her power
She did not need a defender
But she was cheated by gender
And was given to her ruler
Ignoring her future desire
To probably become a scholar

Her ruler spits and barks
And leads her out the door
Freedom was her craving
But without her little angels, she was imprisoned by guilt
So she threw her pride in the ocean
And returned to her heartless ruler
On bended knees

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