Sixteen years, eight months, & two-hundred twenty days.
Though it feels like time continues to fade away,
what you have taught me throughout my life always stay.
I need to fight for myself, even if it feels like there's no way out.
Yes, there will be times when all I can think of is self-doubt.
However, you will be there to lead me on the right route.
I must not settle for less.
With all my strength, I have to overlook those who destroy & oppress.
If I follow these steps, I will find the reward of success.
I can't let our past of mental abuse hold me back.
He tried to break us down, but cognitive weakness what we now lack.
Therefore, never let a man transform your light into something dark & black.
I possess immeasurable beauty, intelligence, & worth.
These traits cannot be taken away, for I have had them since birth.
The more I continue to believe in myself, the bigger an impact I will have on this earth.
My warrior, you have been through these battles before.
With your determination & God-given power, each time, you came out the conqueror.
Mom, thank you for being my saving grace, my immovable rock, & my mentor.