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Argumentative

by Alyssa "Lefty" P. 8 months ago in slam poetry
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a poem.

where i'd rather be.

They telling me I’m argumentative

Expecting me to keep my mouth shut

Like I took a f*ckin sedative

But ima cuss

And never hush

Because everything that I say

Is absolutely relevant.

Im telling it.

Telling you

My story of how I got this far

But they tellin' me I have nothing to show for it

& all I got is my bars

Like I didn’t heal my own heart without meds & professional therapy

Like I didn’t come out strong winning my toughest battles & have these beautiful, deep scars

Most of them are invisible.

To them, I’m really invisible.

They see me,

But to help me out is not critical

So I gotta go get it on my own,

Staying ten toes on the ground like my 2 feet aren’t divisible

I’m running

Chasing the finish line but I’m not sprinting

For once, I’m catching my breath & my mindset is shifting

I want clarity, stability, that shit us uplifting

I can’t sleep anymore, even when my soul starts drifting

I want to be as strong as my father

Who raised me to be fearless

He used to look at me proud that I was his daughter

& I know I don’t crave that in another man any longer

I want to just hold my family down

& one day have my own

So my daughter can feel grateful for who taught her...

slam poetry

About the author

Alyssa "Lefty" P.

28 year-old NuYoRican from Spanish Harlem who has a passion for writing, learning, achieving peace, faith, and empowering others. I've established a career as an educator and career counselor for over five years. Instagram: @alyssaleftyp

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