With each new idea we are told to be silent
To be normal
Not to open up the box
A box that is cemented shut by the same adults
Who once told us to change the world
Yet inside that box is the truth
The truth that others have tried so hard to hide
Because it does not conform to the image of perfection
Society has tried so hard to paint.
Our parents shield our eyes
When the television screen flashes images of
immigrants in cages and children sold into slavery,
While outside our planet slowly melts away
We never open the box because we have been told
that curiosity killed the cat.
We never find the ugly truth that lies within the box
Nor do we find hope.
The hope that we can change the truth
And create a world where the television only
Flashes images of cartoon mice being chased by cats.
The hope of a child’s voice.
A voice that can shatter chambers
And create an image of awareness so large
That the painters cannot cover it up.
That is where change begins
When we open the box and the truth escapes.
Sophie Buechler is a sophomore at St Andrews who loves acting, writing and activism.
She is involved in theatre at her school, ZACH Conservatory, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, Hideout Theatre and Interlochen Arts Camp. Sophie is also a passionate student ambassador with the non-profit PACT. She hopes to showcase conflict within her literary and performance pieces that evoke conversation to create change in her community.