Poem: You Don’t Need To Pretend

I watch people shut down, turn off
I see people roll their eyes, tut, scoff
They want me to be the same
But I don’t want to follow the crowd, I don’t need someone else to blame
Society has taught me to see a man begging in the street
And turn my back without giving him anything to eat
I’m meant to have a smile every single day
I’m not allowed my own opinion, can’t have my own say
So listen up this is me breaking out, I refuse to be just another person
I won’t stand back and let this situation worsen

I won’t salute a leader I don’t believe in
I won’t pray to a God if I’m only going to sin
I’m not the definition of perfect
But I’m always going to give our war heroes respect
I’m not part of your religion
That doesn’t mean I’m going to treat you like vermin
If I have a problem I know it’s mine
I won’t pass it off on someone else and say that I resign

Life is tough
You might have had enough
You don’t always have to be strong
As long as you know where you belong
Everything will work out in the end
Be yourself, it’s your life you don’t need to pretend


What do you think?

– Esjae x

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