Please do not mistake my kindness for weakness

I smile. I laugh. I open my arms. I look into your eyes. I give you a hand. A hug. An offer to help. I say yes more than no. I take an extra step. I let you in.

You take. You talk. You tear down.

I respectfully rear. I stand. I confront. I seek to understand. I work to make it better. I puff up my chest, and slam my fist if needed. I push back and force you out.

I will not be disrespected. I will not be misrepresented. I will not sit in silence anymore.

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