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Creative Warrior Spotlight

Poetry Collection by Anonymous Warrior
I am…
They gave me this name
This name that does not describe me
It paints me as a girl
As a delicate rose
Something to be picked & put on a shelf
Left to witherThey gave me this body
This body that does not fit me
It shows that I am “beautiful”
That I am a “young woman”
That I am something for someone to lay waste to
& destroy my ecosystemI am expected to be soft
To be gentle & kind
& I am none of these
I am angry & violent
I have my rough edges
& I am not a trophy for them to claim

I am a raging wind
Knocking down houses & trees
Shattering windows & blowing down doors
I am a shining star
So bright I will blind them
So hot I will burn them

This name they gave me
Is not who I am
I am no girl, I am no boy
I am simply me
I am a force of nature to be reckoned with
& I am safe & I am strong
& I am free

I am trying
I am trying my best & it is not enough
I am pleading for her to understand
I am begging for him to recognize
I am imploring that they realize
I am trying not to fail
But it is not enough
It is never enough
I could study during every waking moment
& it would still not be enough
I could do everything they tell me to
& it would still not be enough
I could never say a word other than “yes”
& it would still not be enough
& I think I finally realize that..
That I can’t be what they want me to be
Because I am my own person
They want to relive their lives through me
& that is not what I am in this world for
I just wish I could make them understand
But it is never enough
The scent of roses was in the air
When you told me you loved me
Now as we lay dying,
I can smell all your lovely fragrances
An aroma of roses from when we were young
A whiff of apple pie beneath cinnamon,
The sugar to your spice
Lavender & jasmine float through the atmosphere
As they lay chrysanthemums atop our graves
I can still detect
All your lovely fragrances

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