On my knees I bow before you

Yet, you look beyond my presence

All that I have done

All that I have sacrificed

Holds no weight for your respect


What must one do to earn acceptance?

I look to see what holds your indefinite gaze

Squinting, I protect myself and peek again

For I am astounded at what I see

A mirror’s reflection


I stand, no longer aware of anyone

Unable to stop peering ahead

Focused on the soul that gazes back 

Soon, all becomes clear

It is not you who I must impress


What I have sought you do not own

What I desire you cannot give

For it has been here all along 

I have been withholding the key 

Acceptance lives within me