they took me away
from my friends
and condemned them
and me
for being with them
they cut my hair
and shaved
and bathed
and told me
i was an animal
they beat me and shoved me around
and spat upon me
and told me
i wasn’t like them
they put me in a hole
and took my name
they gave me a number
shut the door
and threw rice at me
three times a day

they opened my eyes
they opened my ears
they opened my heart

and i found my soul

they shaved my head
they stripped me naked
they beat my bare flesh
they gave me the vision
to see clearly
haughty and proud in them
they stole justice
forever blind

they were my enemies
they were my friends