(Inspired by therapy group at One In Four)

We live, yes, we live
We live, yes, we live
Even though it doesn’t
Feel like life
But some kind of
Sleeping awakeness
we live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Though it feels like
Our flesh is unalive
And feelings dormant
But we live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Even if it is to
Remind ourselves
That we are not dead
But still alive
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Each time it is chanted
I believe
More and more
I believe
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Our spirits rose
Through the abuse
And left our bodies
One part they’ll never have
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Even in that living
We wished that
We didn’t, still…
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
And tremble
With sickness and fear
To bring our spirits
Back into our bodies
So we can feel
Our very souls again
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Sometimes like
The living dead
Numb of feeling
And sensation
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes we live
It sometimes feels
Like my soul itself
Was wounded
And when I look
In that reflective space
I see all my pain
Held there
Gently, warmly
I live, yes, I live
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
We breath each day
And sometimes
Like the children we were
We struggle to get by
But
Second by second
Minute by minute
Hour by hour
And day by day
Still we live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
As ourselves
With our hearts bleeding
And visceral instincts
Gutted
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Though the closer we get
To that emotional memory
The more it feels
Like a nuclear reactor
Threatening imminent destruction
If we dare touch it
But still we live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
With our denied
And fractured selves
But we speak that
That they did not
Want spoken
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
Even to deny them
The satisfaction of our death
They killed me once,
F*** that happening again
Because I choose to live, yes, to live
We live, yes, we live

We live, yes, we live
And when we are together
It sets a fire raging
In the world
That no tears can smoother
And this is a beacon
To all those other lost souls
Telling them that they live
Yes, they live
And yes, we live, yes, we live too

(Beware now for the sleepers they have awoken and there is a storm brewing in the world the likes that even God has not seen – F.H. Dune)