They tried to set fire to me,
but I turned to granite instead.
When they tried to razor me down,
I only turned to wind and flew.
They thought me powerless,
but I had strength to move oceans.
Violent words were rained on me;
I turned inward and rode out the blows.
They tried to silence me,
but I wrote my words in fire.
I scorched the plains of their convictions,
set ablaze their fragile egos,
turned to ashes the lust in their minds.
They thought they knew me.
They thought me broken, bent.
I broke my own spine twisting away,
and shed the skin of their misplaced anger.
I watched the fire in their eyes die,
as they realised the might of the flames in mine.
Jordan du Toit (@jorderin) is most comfortable writing about and photographing others and dislikes writing bios about herself. She is currently in her honours year pursuing her other passion studying the species we belong to through psychology. She would like to one day combine these two passions in writing accessibly about psychology on themes she feels most strongly about: gender and sexuality issues, feminism and development. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and psychology at the university currently known as Rhodes, and is now studying at the University of Johannesburg. She has previously been published in For Rhino in a Shrinking World (an anthology created to live alongside rhino conservation projects) and Arial (an anthology compiled by a creative writing group in Rhodes University every year).