What I Carry



Leigh Duncalf

February 15th, 2015

Power Poetry Slam Scholarship

What I Carry


I carry the crushing weight of Responsibility.

When the pets have no food and water,

When there is homework due tomorrow and not enough time to finish it all,

When I have to look after myself because I am the only person who cares enough to.


I carry pressure wielded oppressively by past generations.

Dictating that how I dress and act should fit a senseless stereotype that is around only to force inferiority upon me.

A pressure that suffocates my dreams with over and under education,

Millions of quarters retching out of my chest cavity to pay student debt,

A systematic universe where if I stray off the ‘chosen path’ I am regarded as

A Failure.



On top of that,

I carry the theoretical equipment to pave the road to the future,

Because when we put our futures in the hands of others,


They’re just going to screw it up.

This poem is about: 
My family
My community
My country
Our world
Guide that inspired this poem: 


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