I Am Here

I am here, kept
In this cage
Cared for, for sure
Loved...
When time permits

I am here, free
But not free
Fed when I sing
Nourished...
When duty's done

I am here, always
By my choice
Stroked when I cry
Comforted...
When children rest

I am here, alone
But not silent
Encouraged by words
Needed...
When others leave

But I am here...