Do not let your liberator cage you in
Run past open arms
And do not glance at welcoming smiles
Once your liberator has set you free,
Because you owe them nothing.
Do not let your liberator hold you hostage
Lie-filled whispers to lure you back in
Tempt you away from freedom
Saying that they are your safety-
That your captor still waits for you
And that you have nowhere to hide.
Do not let your liberator tie you down
Shooting ropes of fear through terrified hearts
That you cannot make it on your own
They bent the bars of your cell
But they did not save you-
Just gave you the opportunity to save yourself.
Do not let your liberator in
Through the cracks of your insecurities
Spit poison and venom-
Because despite the appeals they make
Despite the shield they offer from the blistering winter
Despite the glimmering intentions on their lips
Your liberator does not want to set you free.