When he punishes me,

he says it is not the luxury he grants everyone;


When he keeps me hungry,

he says I should be grateful I have a sleeping place;


When he makes me scream in pain,

 he says mine is the most beautiful voice he has ever heard;


And when I try to flee,

he says I am so precious that I am to be caged,

 not allowed to escape.


Sometimes I believe him,

sometimes I don’t.