BALOBESHAYI

African Women Voices

A 19-Year-Old Said What Many Adults Are Not Able To

What you are about to read is precious. Take some time, one minute is enough. Read it out loud and breath at every sentence. 

This poem was shared by a 19-year-old Australian poet, Erin Hanson, and  for us it sums up everything people should know about migrants, immigrants, foreigners and everyone considered different by someone (so I guess everyone on this earth). Go on and read it, let us know what you think …

 

You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the colour of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried,
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the one that you call home,
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.

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