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Don't Wait to Be You

December 22, 2015
By helen_ikonic GOLD, Toronto, Ontario
helen_ikonic GOLD, Toronto, Ontario
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Favorite Quote:
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." -Bill Gates

"Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. Go for it." -10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

A fresh new wolf on the hunt.
Ready to take charge
At what is to come
In the year ahead.


No matter what hindrance,
What cliff, what trek,
What predator, what assailant,
I’ll dive in head high.


You can’t shove me down anymore,
Down past the surface of the water,
And the eddies and bubbles.
I know I’ll remain alive.


I’m no goldfish in a bowl.
At least, not anymore.
I hope in your eyes,
I’ve transformed beautifully, gracefully.


Perhaps I’m a dolphin,
Taking dives in the sea,
With the other schools of fish
And creatures of the deep.


2016 may be a brand new start,
But today is my commencement.
The genesis of my soul –
Pure, fresh, distilled from the dirt.


Dirty corruption from the media;
Societal influences and bias,
Playing tricks on young girls
And young boys of the world.


I am beautiful, I am me.
I can’t let anyone else
Tear my walls down to the ground,
To the core of my soul.


Today is the day
I will be genuine;
I will be real.
I will be me.

The author's comments:

The media often pressures us into fitting into certain roles espoused by society. These roles may not always be suitable for everyone, especially not for me. In the time coming, I hope we all learn and explore our true selves, and show that side, rather than appearing superficial to impress others. Our genuine traits are beautiful.

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on Aug. 20 2016 at 12:29 am
pineappler03 SILVER, Waterford, Connecticut
6 articles 1 photo 61 comments
I love how your poems always are based of society problems, and current events. They make each poem more meaningful and real. I love how you ended this poem and you have a lot of amazing description to describe how you feel about social media. My favorite line is, "Perhaps I’m a dolphin, Taking dives in the sea, With the other schools of fish And creatures of the deep." I've never in my whole life, heard this line before. It's very creative, and diffrent. I love your work! Keep it up! :)