i have been silent for too long,
crushed under the weight of numbers on paper.
words in a stiff bound spine. thoughts in a noisy mind.
but now it is time.
time to emerge, straight-backed and smiling,
and sift through the sound, the numbers, and paper,
and say for myself, there is more than just this.
that i am stronger than panic and fright, greater than the quivers of my own fragile soul.
it is time to stand, to shout in defiance, that i am better, am happy.
time to step from the shadow of myself and cast light.