Why do you seek to control me?
Why not instead try to understand me?
I wish I could understand you.
But you speak little of yourself
and instead talk about
all that is wrong with me.
You seem to count that as one of your virtues.
You don’t tell me what you believe,
you tell me what I believe.
Then you dismantle it.
Controlling both sides of the argument.
It is an exercise in vanity,
not critical thinking.
Regardless of what others have told you,
what you heard and are repeating with
confidence and conviction,
you are only saying
what you believe
I actually believe.
In pointing out
what you think is
revealing your own.
We may speak, but we have not spoken.
You say my world is small,
but you see a mere fraction of it,
only what your blinders allow,
as you safely peek out of your box
— a box you named freedom.
You say I have no curiosity or wonder
and yet when you talk at me
I am curious
as to how you can be so blind,
how to make you see.
Not to see as I see,
but allow me to see differently than you
and have you still acknowledge,
perhaps even respect,
my right to exist as my own person
rather than being a reflection of you,
who are just as much a product of your culture
as you accuse me of being a product of mine.
Products can be so easily disposed of.
Not that I need your permission,
which is something else
you don’t seem to understand.