Can I Be?

May 1, 2013
By HanleyGrace GOLD, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
HanleyGrace GOLD, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter."
-Dr. Seuss


Can I be me?
She said one night
Sitting alone
Under the stars
Free to be me
Is it possible?
In a world so constrictive
Can I be?

Can I be tan?
He said
In front
Of the mirror
Surrounded by
White teammates
Is that okay?
Can I be?

Can I be gay?
He said
To his father
Arms folded
In the living room chair
Do you hate me?
He wondered
Can I be?

Can I be Muslim?
She said
On the first day
Of a new school
In a crowd of frowns
And dangling crosses
Staring at the scarf
Can I be?

Can I be smart?
She said
Seated at the back
Of the room
Trying to impress
The boys
What would they think?
Can I be?

Can I be small?
He said
Through heavy breaths
And sweat
In the weight room
Surrounded by
Muscular expectation
Can I be?

Can I be curvy?
She said
In the kitchen
Surrounded by food
She would not eat
For the fear
Of being fat
Can I be?

Can I be average?
He said
Looking at the paper
Grades listed
In menacing rows
What would
His parents say?
Can I be?

Can I be transgender?
He said
Tightening his binder
So no one would see
Hating the body
He wasn't
Supposed to have
Can I be?

Can I be loved?
She said
Putting on bracelets
To hide the scars
Of pain
Of battles fought
Would they judge her?
Can I be?

Can I be me?
He said
Waking up
Making his way
To the bus
To face the day
Can I be free?
Can I be?


The author's comments:
This piece was inspired by the struggles whe all face. I know there are many more problems that people are dealing with, and there's not enough space in the world to list them all. I hope the people who are struggling will find hope in this poem, and I hope they will know that they are never alone.

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on May. 20 2013 at 2:31 am
HanleyGrace GOLD, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter."
-Dr. Seuss

Thank you very much!

on May. 20 2013 at 2:31 am
HanleyGrace GOLD, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter."
-Dr. Seuss

Thank you so much!

on May. 6 2013 at 1:14 am
AugustSummerFling PLATINUM, Mylapore, Chennai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'For you, a thousand times over.' - Hassan, The Kite Runner

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

This poem was really heartfelt. It doesn't undermine or judge a person's weakness. Instead, it puts the troubles in a new light for the reader to see. And it's relatable. Like aladine said, everyone has his/her own insecurities and no one has the right to judge. Nobody is perfect. Great poem. 5 stars, my friend.

on May. 5 2013 at 3:09 am
aladine_98 SILVER, Hemet, California
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I loved your idea, and the unique struggles you portrayed. Everyone can be insecure about themselves, and you captured that in this poem perfectly. Beautiful writing! Keep it up. :)


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