Never forget a childhood spent in pain
Or the sufferings that are unique in youth.
As a living being dependent on protection,
Conditioned to accept and embrace their misuse.
From seething traumas to reinforced behaviors
We’re shuttled from shelter by society’s whims.
Pre-designed systems of disciplinary education,
Traditions of conduct to make us like them.
Emotions you’d feel but maybe couldn’t explain,
Ideas dismissed as mere innocent mistakes.
Assumptions that you couldn’t know better
From adults who didn’t understand how you think.
Petty injustices seemed relatively large
When individual happiness meant the whole world.
The first steps towards tasting the bitterness of life,
To the first sight of cruelty’s colors unveiled.
Remember your rights and remember your wrongs,
Remember the choices left for others to decide,
Remember what you were and how you’ve been changed,
And remember the battles you used to fight.
Know children everywhere will face the same pains,
Know they’ll be fighting as we did to survive,
So when you acquire some decisions on fate,
Remember adults are who structure their lives.