Becoming Strong This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 12, 2012
Picking up a pen and putting down
the sword
Causes more harm than ever before
Letting out the feelings society told me
were wrong
Stepping up from the shadows, with the message I am strong
You pointed out my flaws as if I couldn't
already see them
Turning myself into my worst enemy
But now I'm facing those stares and
whispers that used to cripple me
From these bonds of hatred I can and
will break free
No one can stop me now, I am no slave to man and their thoughts of right and wrong
Who are you to say I don't belong?
The definition of beauty is nonexistent
A sense of belonging seems so distant
They put strict limitations on who we are
expected to be
If you dare to be different, you'll be
criticized, I guarantee
They will make you feel small, worthless, and insignificant
But in reality you are simply magnificent
Being yourself shouldn't come with a cost
to pay
People talk about change that fails to
happen every day
Nobody can ever know the torture of hate
Or the emotional scars it creates

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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L.E.Liza101 said...
Mar. 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm
It is really is an amazing poem.
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Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:03 am
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