“Do what you’re told.”

When they told me
“Lock the doors and bar the windows”,
I responded immediately.

When he told me
“Go to your room and take off your clothes”,
they said “We’ll show him”, and we did.

When she told me
“I’m going to wash your mouth out with soap”,
they said “Vomit it up”, and I did.

They still want to help out
all these years later in here
behind doors and windows,

keeping a light of life at bay.