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“I Don’t Need Your Permission”

by Merci McKinley

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I don’t need your permission to live my truths
I bore the should-haves before
I kissed the could-haves many times over
I touched the would-haves inside my thoughts

I don’t need your permission to live my truths
I done traveled the roads with no clear direction
I skirted fine lines of what I thought to be right
I done fought battles you know nothing about

I don’t need your permission to live my truths
I done lived inside the box I created for myself
I scratched and clawed myself out
I shamelessly stand tall on my own two feet

I don’t your permission to live my truths