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What the hell kind of question is that?
Please bubble in your race.
Am I white?
By default I suppose I am.
But that does not define me.
Is there another box, because if they want to know my race
they must also want to know that,
I have brown hair,
brown eyes,
and an attitude.

That I am naive,
All knowing,
Vain,
Humble,
Insane.

I am you,
Me,
We,
Him and her.

I am the one who gets inside your head.
The one who can tell you what you are going to do before you do it.
Your adversary,
Your internal conflict.
Your friend.
I am your passion, and your desire.
Everything and nothing.
Love and Peace.
The dreams you whisper into the darkness.
The glint of your smile.
The cascades of your tears.

I am satin and I am Gabriel.
Hope and despair,
Poverty,
Trust,
Wealth you could only imagine.
Generosity,
Power.

I am unknown,
And yet you know me.
Indefinable, and yet so obvious.

I am truth,
Screams,
Hate,
Starvation.

I am a war cry,
A protege,
a novice,
a believer,
a sinner.

I am a world.
A nation.
A female.
A single being.
I am human.
White, just doesn't seem to cut it.

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beautifulspiritThis 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...
Jun. 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm:
Breaktaking~ everything I wwnted to say---unsaid it all!
 
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WinstonSmith said...
Jun. 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm:
This is a thoughtful piece.  
 
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Zoya_KhanThis 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. said...
Dec. 23, 2012 at 3:21 am:
Nice :) :) :)
 
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Halcyon said...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 9:22 am:
That was amazing!!!! Please write more!!!!
 
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CowBell This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 11:40 am:
That was an amazing piece! One of the best I've seen onTeen Ink. It was deep. I loved it *snaps for you*
 
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to.hold.the.sun This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm:
Wow. Just... wow. This left me completely speechless. I agree that pretty isn't the word; resounding is. I can tell you right now that every time I see a bubble to fill in "white/ non hispanic", I will think of this poem. Great, great, great job.
 
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Alice V. said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm:
This is legit poetry right here.
 
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HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm:
this is really good.  i can't say pretty, because it isn't.  but it's powerful and dramatic and deep.  i love it, keep writing.  
 
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Taylor S. said...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm:
I can even say how much i appreciate this article. Thank you for putting alot of peoples feelings into words in such an eloquent way. 
 
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the_crazy_one said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm:
Really good! I shared this with all my friends and they all loved it too. I like how you use antonyms. And I love the last two lines.
 
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bluesky0728 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm:
omg that gave me goosebumps!!! Awesome, my sentiments exactly!!!!
 
bluesky0728 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm :
I've seriously recited that to myself 3 times in a row! I love it!! :)
 
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moonpetal said...
Jul. 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm:
Wow that was perfect! Way to go!
 
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kailee313 said...
May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am:
This is really well writen, great job, keep it up ! :)
 
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ReflectionsofYou said...
May 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm:
That's what I think too, but because we're not really considered a minority, I'm reluctent to bring it up. So good job on that:]
 
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Cancion_de_hielo_y_fuego said...
May 14, 2010 at 9:06 am:
This is a really deep heart-felt poem that expresses what you feel you really are. I like your use of extended metaphors:  it really draws the reader in.
 
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BlueInk94 said...
May 3, 2010 at 11:42 am:
This is more than a poem..I love your wording. You take one simple thing and strecth it so everything deeper is visible. I also love your use of symbolism in describing self-characteristics of an average person.
 
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Milo! said...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm:
I really love this. I really like how everyone can relate to this. I hope you keep writing, because this is great. You should check out some of my stuff. I think you would like it.
 
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