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Dear 16

by Rowan Finley about a year ago in slam poetry

You

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Dear 16,

I hear you loud and clear

Even though I am older and not your peer

Your age is significant

And so are you

Your thoughts are significant

And so are you

Your feelings matter

And so do you

Your experiences matter

And so do you

All I can say is, keep fighting

Life and the mind's wars are hard

No matter how old you are

16 or 25 or 95 and still alive

But, I'll fight with you

I'll fight by your side

Even through many nights I've cried

You are a beautiful person

Just the way you are

Through many a hidden scar

You are...you

Continue to be true

For there are a few

Who still know how to listen

To your story

Though they may not be

The ones you live with

But the ones who are far away

Though they are close to you in spirit

Against greatest odds

I pray you grow and show the world

Who you are

The fighter that you are

slam poetry

Rowan Finley

Husband. Father. Academic Advisor. Musician. Writer. Aspiring licensed mental health counselor.

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