You said, come over this way

Not a muscle tempted

I said, I’m right here

Standing with my client

I won’t follow you so you can

Move your dirty work outside of the frame

Like usual

You said, I can and I will

And I said, please do

You can chain me to a bench for an hour

And I will prove I have all the dignity that you lost

Humiliation is the choice

You made

Here’s what is true

I am right

Justice is possible

Everyone will know

Nothing is more powerful

Than the force of my conviction

As always

You forgot your place

But will get a chance to learn again

Your handcuffs are not

The steel that is compassion, etiquette, courage

It is my pleasure

To watch this now unfold

Your mistake is a gift

I thank you