all i learned about myself 
is that i am fluent in the language of anger.
i know that i see myself 
in the mirror of everyone’s last words.
i understand that the flames hurt
but you have to feel if you want to burn.
i’ve found out about the cage you put them in
and how it holds you close at night.
i’ve uncovered the mystery of how
there are mistakes but no errors.
i see now that you cannot win 
if you aren’t playing the same game.