before you even learn to speak they will tell you what you should not say and what you should not do
don’t let their words find a home in your bones and echo out of your mouth
when they tell you don’t jump, jump
when they tell you don’t scream, scream
when they tell you slow down, run faster
if you want to.
if you want to
bite into their orders, reinforce their fears
that your power is larger than this world,
for babygirl they will try to stop you from doing the things you certainly can do
(and they know you can do)
for babygirl they fear the universe inside of you.