R.S. Mallari

I Am and I Am Not

By: Hannah Wilcox

Here are some things that I am not:
I am not my past.
I am not an illness.
I am not my height or my weight,
nor do I fit into some neat little category.
I am not anyone's first or last impression,
perception or opinion of me.
I am not society's expectation
of what it means to be a woman.
I am not defined by a job role,
my gender or a Miss, Ms or Mrs title.
I am not what you want me to be.

Here are some things that I am:
I am a warrior.
I am strength and power.
I am the wind whistling in the trees,
a storm brewing on a bitter night.
I am a mess of hair,
unruly and wild in all the wrong (but right) places.
I am the magic in a well written book,
adventures to be had in worlds long forgotten.
I am light, with just a kiss of darkness.
I am love, the kind that spreads its fingers,
reaches far, begging to touch souls.
I am a human, desperate to be know, crying to be heard.
I am just like you, except that I am not.
I am me

R.S. Mallari

About R.S. Mallari

Through poetry I am trying to break the barriers of ethnicity, cultures and even beliefs for we humans have the same emotions, the same desires and aspirations. We may differ in colors, in language, and food that we eat yet we are still living under the same sun, swimming and sailing on the same seas and sleeping under the same stars.

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