You are a closed book to new readers
allowing them a glimpse of the forward
and keeping the rest a mystery.
These pages are only shown to those you trust
will carefully dust off and read word for word,
chapter to chapter; layers once thick
begin to tear away.
I know some people can be cruel
they’ll pick you up,
skim your pages,
and get frustrated when they don’t understand
you are far above their reading level.
You may want to close your cover once again
retreat back towards the shelf,
seeking protection from a world
that can cause so much pain.
But just know you are strong
your spirit resilient,
and your words empowering.
This is a really long way to say
that while I believe you deserve the world
I know it does not deserve you.
A person with so much potential;
there is no preface that can measure up.