You Can, I Can

by Baraka Adaodat Juliette aged 17

This is to all who said I can’t,
You were right, I can’t stand losing,
You were right, I can’t be as I was yesterday,
You were right, I can’t be the same as the rest,
But I have been me all along.

My mama taught me to respect all,
I also learned to respect all those who respect themselves,
But I can’t respect those who don’t respect,
I’m me, me, me that respects God, my country, myself and those who respect me.

I don’t need you to understand me, but let me be me,
This is time I have to stop contemplating my past,
Wait a minute there is something I need to tell y’all,
I don’t try I do, I don’t care.

The Poetry Zone

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