The world tried to filter me,
To screen me before I came.
They told me, "This is what we want to see,
Please disguise your ugly pain."
"No one likes a whiner," they'd say,
"so PLEASE hide your depression.
Remember that every area is gray,
but only certain crimes will teach a lesson."
"You're blonde, so don't act smart"
(as if that even matters)
"Hold your tears in, even if you have a torn-up heart"
(But what if I want to scream my pain from the rafters?)
The world tried to filter me
cookie-cutter barbie me
smother me drown me
make me like all the rest
still not sure who to impress)
Go ahead and try,
I won't leave this ring without a fight.
They tell me not to love myself
To turn my head at inequality;
Put feminism on the shelf,
because it's a frivolity
(and women have no polity).
They tell me "Don't ask too many questions
Keep your mouth shut,
Well, to society: Here's a message
You're just an oyster, and I'm the freaking pearl.
I am a person, I am a woman
I can think for myself and see through all your lies,
Your words fall through like sand,
Too bad you didn't realize,
Not everyone will fit your mold,
And by that I mean me.
I refuse to become a puppet for your sake.
With no filter, I declare for MYSELF,
"I am free."