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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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.
tweetiebruce said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 3:59 am
This is one of the best poems I have ever heard. It made my heart beat a million times a second and I just wanted to read on. You have an amazing talent and please stay focused and you can achieve wonders. Amazing poem, touched my soul. 
nessa1311 said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 1:54 am
Such and absolutely Amazing poem, one of the best I have ever heard in my life. Never lose this great ability, I love poetry too. I just wish it wasnt anonymous :/ But amazing poem. <3
Cazzo said...
May 23, 2011 at 9:45 am
Oh wow, this is amazing. I was in tears when saying this to my grandma. She was curious to what I was reading. She ended up crying to. She says your a beautiful poet and to keep it up. As for me, I'm in love with this poem~!
ontheroad said...
May 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Wow, that was amazing. Really makes you think, let's hope everyone listens to your message :D It's a powerful one.



Kvothe28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm
j-bird said...
Mar. 30, 2011 at 9:29 am
i hope you never give up on anything. your a beautiful poet, person, and human being. your story touches many... never stop. wish you the best
Bubblybubbles223 said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm
wow. im literally in tears right now...never...EVER stop writing, you are amazing!
Kali-Mah said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm
i really dont know what to say with how deep this poem was you've given me hope that no other poet does
Nikki L. said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:50 am
Wow this is simply amazing. I am speechless actually.
Artistic_whirlwind said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm
I don't know what to say to adequatly say anything about this poem. You wrote this from your heart and it shows. Don't ever stop writing, don't ever let him be the one to win.
Preto said...
Oct. 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Really good poem, very original statement
Nelmo said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm
i know the pain from similar experiences and i know that personally i could never write down my history and also my writng is the only thing that keeps me sane please keep writing for those like me that are scared to tell the truth.
BreeTayler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Simply amazing.
GarrulousGiveaway This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 2:36 am
Wow. Blown away, that was great, great.
bleck890 said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 10:35 am
I thought what you wrote was amazing! you really wrote from the soul! Keep your drive kid it amazes me!
Rolledthestone This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm
Beautiful. I'm so sorry you had to go through what you did to write it but experiences shape us and forgiveness is just a harder way to give.
HB S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm
You've got talent!! keep writing
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