I was the girl no one cared existed,
the girl alone, because I was the girl everyone resented.
The young black girl, so shy and frail.
Afraid when situations got worse, like living in hell.
Wanting company, a companion, a friend
Someone there for me, waiting to hold my hand.
I AM the girl who pushes until the end
The girl that never gave up, when nightmares began,
I AM the girl that was shy and frail,
the girl that made it through everything close to hell.
I AM the girl that decides my destiny
The one that will not be categorized by society.
I AM the girl that paints her own image.
The girl that is a little stubborn, ambitious, and obstinate.
Because of my environment,
you may assume I am senseless, confused, and headless.
Because I am female,
you may assume I am indefensible, decrepit, and powerless.
I AM not what you make me
I AM fearless, courageous, and audacious,
Simply because I AM who I make myself.
I will be the girl you see as a threat
I will be your envy, your malice, your rivalry.
Because I will continue to prosecute every single goal I AM after.
Because I was, I AM, and I will be