Penny

There was once a girl
who was afraid of many
her courage sold
by a penny

a penny
full of her hopes and dreams
all given up
for their wicked schemes

she suffered
countless years
her bonds
made of blood and tears

she had the choice
to run or stay
she chose the latter
she was afraid

afraid of the man
with claws for hands

afraid of the man
with a heart of ice
and had always dared
to call himself nice

how was he nice by
beating her to sleep?

In some twisted place
sure, maybe so
but in this world
no, it doesn't go

so for many years
the numbness continued
until she finally got the courage
to break the bonds he'd foraged

There was once a girl
who was afraid of many
her courage sold
by a penny

I know that girl
inside and out
for she was me
taking the clout