Life as a Sovereign Nation

I stand here
arms thrown wide
surrendering to
these glorious imperfections.

Having cast aside
the vagaries of shame
unburdened from the blame
I remain tethered by
the specificity of forgiveness.

Inside a fervor reignites
for this once ill-learned life
now unlettered of its history
unlearning in perpetuity.

In my freedom
I do a wild dance
for sovereignty
when I with power
unite.

~Jessica Steward, 2011