Victimized, traumatized, taken for a fool, lessons in humility in a world shown cruel.
Innocent turned wary, bold turned meek, peace into conflict, strength became weak.
Now shadows come creeping in broad daylight; making for hesitance, a sad new plight.
Questioning everyone, every look, every move, proceeding with caution; so much to lose.
Fear can paralyze, dehumanize, diminish size. Close your eyes and realize it’s all been lies,
Or fear can mobilize, energize, exorcise preconceptions in every guise.
Choice. It’s all choice. To go back into the water or to stay on the sand. Hold my towel. I’m going in.