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Who Am I?

Eyes glued to the mirror, hammer in hand

I glare at the grotesque view I don’t understand

The static ringing in my ears, tumultuous and numbing

An unanswered question gives out a shriek and a cry

It screams and shouts “who am I?”

Am I the flower in the garden, so calm and still

Full of color, full of innocence, grace and will

Or am I the cause of their ruinations, evil, vain

The villain who torments, “thrives in their pain”

‘Til now their words are whittled on my brain

“T’was a mere reflex”

“T’was an honest mistake”

“T’was only a foolish joke”

“Thy heart too easy to break”

“Thy heart is rotten to the core”

“Thou art twisted, contorted, wicked”

“Thou art blinded by thy foolish pride”

“Thee reek of vainglorious arrogance”

Am I truly the guiltless, the blameless, the righteous

Am I really clean from sin, free from the suffocating guilt

Or am I the devious criminal, who steals and kills

Deaf to the echoing of their weak and aching trills

I look at my hands, bleeding from holding on

Amidst my internal crisis, I began to ponder

Remembering such, is it worth it? I wonder

All of this toil and drudgery, have I had enough?

Someday, this would end, I am aware

Happiness and joy are waiting somewhere

Eventually, the harsh winters will end

In every problem, there is a gift

No matter how tiny or big it is

Eyes glued to the mirror, hammer away from hand

I glare at the grotesque view I now understand

The static ringing in my ears, muffled and weakening

An unanswered question coos and whispers

It curiously queries “who am I?”

I am but a normal human being

I am perfectly imperfect

I’ll remain strong and resolute

Regardless of obstacles

The author is a 13-year-old grade 9 student from Miriam College.

Topics: Young Life , poem , "Who Am I?"
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