Everything that is holding you back is a thing that has clipped your wings. In this poem, Nikita Gill means to remind us that we are stronger than the thing that is trying to destroy us, it is just a matter of learning how to fly again. At the beginning of the poem, Gill tells the reader, "...you were made of the sky/ do you remember that?" as a means to remind them of what they were before they were torn down; to remind them that they were something once before this hazardous thing, which means they can be something again without it.
She goes on to describe that, "they tried to remold you/ into something/ easier for them to understand," to show the reader that it isn't their fault this is happening; it isn't their fault that they can't understand you the way you once were. In the middle of the poem, Gill states that, "Nothing about this was ever/ going to be easy, freedom was built/ on backs and bones and blood." This is the turning point of the poem. Gill is trying to show the reader just how not easy this is going to be by describing how freedom was once built.
Gill ends the poem on a strong, suggestive note. "Watch them quiver as you rise again...Show them what happens when they try/ to steal the voices born of the sky,/ become your own battlecry." She rhymes the very last stanza, which makes the message she is trying to convey more appealing. Gill is attempting to show the reader just what they can be if they teach themselves to fly again. The tables will be turned; they will be liberated and will strike fear in the hearts of the ones who tried to tear them done.