Courage to Grow

“Drum Major, is your band ready?” 

A booming voice said over the intercom of the stadium,

I turn around on my conducting ladder, facing the judges and the crowd, and out of me shouts the words,

“We’re always ready!” and my adrenaline starts pumping.

Thankfully, applause screams from the stands,

And I turn back around, 

For no drum major has ever answered the announcer out loud. 

Later that season, 

Homecoming night is expected to be cold,

And As a queen nominee on the court, 

I decided to adjust my attire while making a statement that’s bold.

Refusing to freeze on the field in a dress,

I wore my drum major uniform and letterman,

Representing what a queen nominee can be and setting a new precedent.

Little girls who I know, 

And others who I have never seen,

Claim me their hero and tell me of their dreams to…

Surprisingly, be like me.

I’d like to say I am a positive breaker of tradition,

But sets an example,

To teach girls that they are their own, and to not conform to the world they live in.

The older I get, the more I realize the impact I make,

And I wish to continue such for as long as I can.

For there are people who are always watching us, whether we can see it or not,

Therefore, in this life, it’s our courage to act when no one else does that makes the difference.

 

This poem is about: 
Me
My community

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