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I Identify as Free

A free verse poem

By Real PoeticPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
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I Identify as Free
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Constantly,

I was picked on in class.

I would laugh too,

though my heart was ripped

through my throat.

Went home to ask

Mama for a new coat.

I thought it would make me

cool enough to receive notes

in school, instead of being

the joke inside the paper…

Being an outsider made

me bitter as capers.

There were times when I

joined in to make fun of

others to get the attention

off of me, so I could breathe.

I didn’t yet have the strength

to get up and leave.

I became the very

thing that I despised

to survive.

Slowly, my mind changed.

One day it clicked, and I

was never the same.

I demanded bullies not to

call me or anyone else

cruel names anymore.

I’m not sure if they stopped,

but they sure didn’t bully

around me.

My identity started to

become my own.

I was sick and tired of trying

to please everyone.

Wanted people to leave me

alone.

Then,

nature caught my eye

and became my only

long-lasting friend.

I’d go through the pain

all over again to lead me

to peace.

I went from being an

outsider

to an outdoorsman.

As I sat on the rock

and counted geese,

my rosy cheeks

told it all…

I was destined to be

free.

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Real Poetic

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I write poetry & short stories.

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  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    This is beautiful Real Poetic. It’s definitely a challenge to fit in! Wish we didn’t have to have so much bullying and harassment, as for many it can cause a lot of damage down the track. I found this piece really honest and empowering. Excellent job !! ☺️👏👏

  • ITS YOUR DESTINY 3 months ago

    I love this!

  • The Dani Writer3 months ago

    What a beautiful 'teaching poem!'

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    This challenge is freeing up everyone's inner beast. Wonderful words of freeing yourself from the chains. Very deep and introspective.

  • There were times when I joined in to make fun of others to get the attention off of me, so I could breathe. I didn’t yet have the strength to get up and leave. I became the very thing that I despised to survive. This part resonated so deeply with me as I did that exact same thing but like you, I finally told them to leave me alone and walked away. Loved your poem!

  • That was a great tale! An inspiring one and also a relatable one! Really loved that. Showing someone overcoming flaws, really powerful stuff!

  • Cathy Deslippe3 months ago

    Your poem touches my heart, as it will many others, but I am so glad you were blessed with the freedom of nature; well done.

  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    Fabulous!

  • Mother Combs3 months ago

    💙💚💜🖤💙💚💜🖤

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is beautiful. I hate the bullying you endured, but am glad you found yourself. Nature is so freeing.

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Wow! Beautiful poem!

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