Not Just Maria
Am I the person who I dreamed to be?
Or am I just a vase full of others’ thoughts?
Or the flower, which blooms from others expectations.
Am I just the molding of what others expect of me?
If so, molded by whom?
Am I the follower of those around me?
Am I just a individual who desperately wants to fit it,
but has all the qualities to stand apart and away from the crowd?
Am I just the Latina who wants to be the opposite
of the assumptions for her culture?
Am I a person hiding behind a mask afraid of who she is?
Am I chained to a wall where I cannot see beyond,
beyond the wall, the limits, that others have placed upon me.
Am I the gentle, but powerful woman
I always dreamed of being?
Am I the woman that got the highest grades
in school because of the countless hours of work?
Am I the determined girl who has accomplished
everything which she set her mind to?
Am I the individual who is inundate in scholarship money,
from countless universities?
Am I someone who is making a change and
showing society who Latinos truly are?
Or Am I just as confused of who I am as I was 3 years ago?
I am Maria Alejandra Martinez Amariles.
I am the president of a Forensics Club.
I am a person molding her own thoughts.
I am the molder.
I am not just a leader or just a follower,
I am sometimes like those around me,
and at times completely different.
I stand out, while fitting in.
I am a girl who finally understands what it is to have
I am a Latina, who is proud of her heritage.
I am the proud daughter of a single-parent Colombian woman.
I am a girl who currently breaks
the chains and walls that have been placed in her way.
And will continue to break them.
I am a proud Colombian.
I am the daughter of the Latino culture.
I am the embodiment of a race that is often forgotten.
I am a girl who
I am a girl who values women,
because of the strong single woman who raised me.
I am my mother's daughter.
I am a girl who values time,
because of those lost to it.
I am a girl who values pictures,
and their ability to capture time.
I am a friend who always has an open shoulder,
because of all the times I didn't have one.
I am a curious person who will always wonder about life!
I am the person who I never envisioned being,
but always hoped I could be.
I am, I am Maria.