To Anyone Who Has Ever Been Told To Calm Down

you are allowed to be angry
when your heart pounds and rushes like a stampede
or a hailstorm and your hands shake as your fingernails sink
deep in your flesh and you don’t even notice the vapour of your
blood as it boils in your veins, never forget you are allowed to be angry

you are allowed to be angry
you have permission to imagine your bare fists bursting through bone and
your teeth tearing muscle from tendon, even in a world that insists
you prioritise dutiful silence and imagined responsibility over
yourself, never forget you are allowed to be angry

you are allowed to be angry
when you take another deep breath and gather words
tip-toeing softly on eggshells because god forbid you become
uncontrollable and inconvenient even as you are biting your lip until
iron and regret flood your mouth, never forget you are allowed to be angry

you are allowed to be angry
you have permission to embrace and nurture the seeds of your revolution
even as the freezing expectation of should wraps you in paralysis and
you split yourself in two again because whatever gets you through
the night, never forget you are allowed to be angry

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