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Inside, Around, Above, and Below me
Diversity means freedom to let me pick and choose I please
Like catching fish from a river
when the fish are from the largest sea.
My mixed ethnicity gives me three
and separate histories
And I select the few threads
And messily weave them into a fragile scarf
Which I wrap around and around me
Until it becomes my identity.
Diversity means freedom to develop my individuality
Without fear of being a pariah
I feel alive assimilating
Transforming into my surroundings
Yet my heritage is slightly imperious
Diversity helps me remember who I am
And forget who I am perceived to be.
It gives me aplomb and belonging as
someone so different
but so much like the others: the vast diversity
Diversity means freedom to venture everywhere
and anywhere available to me.
I can reach for the stars!
Surpass any limit!
The exhilarating part is discovering every place
yet the hardest part is knowing where to stay.
Diversity means freedom to boast and celebrate.
I’ve done it all.
I’ve climbed every Everest
Assailed every Ajmer
Danced in every Plaza
Won in every marathon, every race
And I’ve found myself a place
Where everyone, anyone can come
And we can commemorate our freedom