My voice is my gift
I share with my words
A treasure given
That I might be heard

You cannot take
The voice you don’t give
Your approval no factor
My words stand and live

I need no applause
My favor is given
My voice is my gift
By my words I am driven

The praise of men
Would require me to please
Some other voice
I should not appease

I write to be empty
To be filled once again
My voice is my gift
The giver my friend