Personal Statement This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     I am variety; pick a topic.
I do have a purpose, I simply haven’t unlocked it.
My personal statement is my heart and soul:
my tragedies and dreams, but most of all my goals.
I am a philanthropist, ready and always willing.
I have survived rape and seen many killings.
Being a senior at 16 is anything but easy,
striving to be unique and real without sounding cheesy.
I am not your expectation so liberate your thoughts.
“Never stop fighting” is my cream of the crop.
Witnessing racism and poverty enrages my mind,
therefore giving to another helps me unwind.
Making a difference is what I will do before my death.
I give it all that I’ve got until nothing is left.
I am my voice, so please don’t mock it.
My words can make some feel like they stuck their hand in a socket.
Journalism is my dream career and I will achieve it.
I’m planning to publish a book, so please go read it.
I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be.
I can only have faith that it is enough to be me.
Adapting is simple, but I will not change for anyone.
My opinions, values, and morals will forever with me run.
As is visible in this statement, poetry is my flow.
Writing out my feelings has always helped me grow.
I have been through a lot of pain and have watched my patience rot,
so at times my pen and paper is all I’ve got.
I am unable to write you my life, but I can write you a story.
So hopefully if you ever see my face, you will witness the glory.
It was arctic one night when he poisoned my veins,
piercing my soul with his demented brain.
He touched me in places he was forbidden to touch,
while he ironically “loved” me a little too much.
I was put under more stress than any human should be forced to handle,
when my own father spit the fire off my candle.
I ran out of the house, not sure of where to go,
my mom in Miami, and my friends simply didn’t know.
Nightmares and flashbacks have haunted me since day one.
I thought it was over, but it wasn’t even close to done.
After an anxiety attack the day before Christmas,
I realized I had plentiful feelings to dismiss.
I told my mom the story and felt so guilty.
I was sorry for making her cry, but I no longer felt filthy.
She begged me to help her put him in jail,
but my unfortunate heart never fails.
He has two little boys who depend on him,
and since I know how it is to grow up fatherless,
taking him away from them would be a sin.
I don’t want to hurt him, and of course I forgive.
I kill hatred with benevolence to make it easier to live.
I am not afraid to cry, but I am afraid of love.
My life is a before and after story which I conceal in a glove.
It has been the hardest thing I’ve done, to keep moving on in color.
My smile is not the same, and many times I wish I were another.
However, I keep my head right and stay focused in school,
nothing will bring me down, and he certainly will not rule.
In a movie I once heard that if you have a dream go get it.
Don’t let anyone tell you no and you will never regret it.
I believe everything happens for a reason and obstacles are meant to be overcome.
My drive remains and my internal wounds are numb.
I am my voice, so please don’t mock it.
I am variety; pick a topic.

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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MariaT said...
Feb. 16 at 3:31 pm
I literally love this. I'm waiting to get mine published. Keep writing you could make something out of these and or become something. This style was very touching and knowing this happens in this cruel world we all live in. It could really help someone through what they are going through. You go kid keep up the good work.
SallyW. said...
Jul. 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm
You have sooooooo much talent! That was amazing!
ambivalentThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm
please keep writing! xoxo
theonlylonelyassassin said...
Apr. 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm
I really like this. You go, kid.
SuNaychi said...
Jul. 25, 2015 at 5:37 am
It's so sad to find out that teens from other countries are facing perverse realities like rapes. Anyways, I really appreciate your style of writing.It's simply amazing!!
LovePugs said...
Apr. 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm
What a beautiful poem. I, for sure, am rooting for you.
Emily J. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm
This is incredible! Your rhyme scheme is fantastic!
DreamersJourney said...
Jan. 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm
Simply incredible! Your story's remarkable, your writing scheme is note worthy, and has a great rhythm. I love it :)
Midnight5765 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm
Amazing! Love it and adding to my favorites, very well done on ending the way you started it. Deserves to be in the magazine, keep writing!
kkdreamer101 said...
Mar. 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm
This is fantastic! It kind of shows how nothing is perfect but anything can be made to be lovely.
the_real_iron_lady said...
Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:33 am
I love your dreams and life Gouals are put into the poem without it sounding too cheesy.
Boj95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm
Wow! This is beautiful. Did you actually use it as a personal statement for an application?
IndigoAngel said...
Oct. 2, 2013 at 8:52 am
This absolutely took my breath away. You had me totally enraptured right up to the last line; this was sheer beauty! Bravo! :)
EmAngster00 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Wow this took my breath away.  Your poem was such an inspiration for me in more ways than one.  Suffice to say, your strength is already a great motivation for me! I really love dyour poem; espeically the rythm that was upbeat till the end. Wonderful read. <3
CourtCourt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm
This is a gorgeous piece! <3 having gone thorugh similiiar things.. i really feel the emotion you portrayed so beautifully! well done :)
Divergent said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 9:44 am
This is a well written masterpiece!
Kenziemcm13 said...
May 31, 2012 at 1:34 am
Bravo! Bravo! Absolutely magnificent!! Loved it!! I would be honored if you could read some of mine! They are not nearly as good but hopefully you can comment on them and give me some pointers! Please and thank you! :)
Mailo said...
Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm
This was beautiful and sorrowful at the same time. I am very impressed. It's hard to live through things like that and I think that you captured some of the emotions you were feeling perfectly. I felt as though I was right there next to you. The imagery was great and your way with words is very commendable. Never stop writing because you are amazing!
loveissmiles said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm
This was beautiful. Absolutely heartbreaking. I loved and hated it.
EternallyMe03 said...
Dec. 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm
This truly is amazing- the poem and the journey you've been through.  I especially loved the way you ended it and made it flow so smoothly.
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