I am frozen from the inside out. My breaths are not a choice. Voices whisper answers to it all, Answers to questions I didn't ask. I try to close my eyes and close my ears, But they push past my defenses. And no one understands Why I stand here alone And cannot step forward Without clutching his arm, The one who helps me breathe, Who wanted to understand it all. I want to stand tall, and I will When I learn to stand alone And I am braver than the fear Would have me believe I am.