Necessity taught me invisibility. Listen. Remember, because I’m only going to tell you once. Follow the rules. Unfair. Eyes bored into mine. Strident tone. Not enough gentle touches. I swallowed my tears.
My questions questioned. Lips pressed tight. Nourished on half-truths…still…I grew.
I discovered new worlds. Choices. Role models. My questions, but few answers, found in books.
I seek the invisible. Listen. Remember, because some may only confide once. Rules change. I meet their eyes. Soften my tone. A gentle touch is sometimes okay. My tears flow.