When I was a little girl,
I thought that everything was in BLACK and WHITE.
Adults were my hero’s, and books my safe haven.
I didn’t understand much then, but I knew this:
Do as your told. I always did.
When the other kids called me names,
when I got pushed around on the playground,
even when my “friends” stabbed me in the back,
I did as I was told,
When I left childhood behind,
not much changed.
Except ONE thing.
I didn’t have to be SILENT.
I could finally be MYSELF.
My only friends wouldn’t be my family or teachers.
I could be ME.
Life stopped being in BLACK and WHITE.
It was like I was transported to OZ.
I was reborn, yet not.
Because I’m still ME.
Books are still my safe haven, adults are still my hero’s,
but I know so much more now.
I don’t have to blend into the crowd,
or stay quiet.
I can be LOUD, PROUD, and …