Always one to fall in line,
I learned early to obey.
Silence and respect protect
Against the everyday.
Like pieces on a chess board,
Each operates within their bounds,
I made myself the faithful pawn
To keep the royals safe and sound.
Afraid to reach for anything
My parents would refuse,
I learned to live inside my box,
And keep myself amused.
One day my brother changed the rules,
A sailor, he became.
Suddenly, and all at once,
I decided to quit the game.
The risks were mine alone to take,
Whether my parents deemed it fair,
For I realized, once I left the board,
I belonged in the Air.
My father refused to speak with me,
My mother cried with woe.
But to fly, fight, win, I heard the call;
I know where I must go.
With no support or guiding hand,
With my own life at stake,
With the terror curling inside of me
I choose to fight for my country’s sake.
So the pawn walks off the chess board,
No longer sacrificing for the King.
There’s a great big world out there,
And she can do anything.