Is this true?
Would she feel safe with me?
Would she fear for me?
I wish I could hold my child-self
I wish I could make her feel safe
I wish I could tell her that she
doesn’t need to diffuse every argument,
that she is not responsible for
ensuring everyone’s happiness.
But if not that,
then I wish I could look her in the eyes,
cradle her cheek lovingly,
and tell her to burn the world to the ground.