lines were drawn before she was born
behave yourself, sit straight
don’t talk so loudly
girls must be polite and submissive
don’t you dare step outside after dusk
stay within your limits, they dictated
limits and boundaries and lines…sigh!
they don’t define me, she asserted
bit by bit, line by line, she inched ahead
the cloistering lines faded away
the bleak walls of despair were demolished
and she drew a vibrant new horizon of hope and joy.