I Don't Know Who I Am
I no longer feel the same, I'm tired, I feel alone.
In a dark abyss, away from what kept me safe.
This loneliness that quickly ended.
I was consumed in ashes by this hatred that controls me.
Who am I and why am I here?
Is this really what I've become?
No, that's impossible, I'm just tired,
restless, overwhelmed and desperate.
Where is the girl who played and danced in the flower fields?
That girl who knew what she wanted.
That girl who achieved what she set out to do.
That girl who had dreams and hopes.
I don't know where I am, I don't know who I am.
I want someone to find me.
I want to be saved, I want to feel calm once more.
But no, it's not like that.
I'm the only one who can get out of there.
And stop feeling that I'm not from here.
Realize that this loneliness does not belong to me.
That I can be happy and accept what life offers me.
Above is a poem by one of my students who participated in our Poetry Event at the school where I teach. Her performance and delivery was amazing. I hope this poem touches and inspires your heart. I decided to feature this student because she is ambitious and her poem is undeniably powerful. She writes poems as a hobby and I'm sure her ability to express herself so well through written and spoken performance will continue to open many doors for her in the future.
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I'm an East Carolina University alumna. I have experience in journalism, law, radio broadcasting, television production and teaching. My goal is to make a difference in the world through media and motivational speaking.