I am that person you see every day,
in a coffee shop – caprice with friends,
at the prom, nervous,
in every crowd shot of each rite of passage,
walking to school,
the one that popped out of a crowd with a smile,
genuine and as easily drawn to cry as allow laughter.
I am that young man, woman, person, entity, enigma, peer,
sad face, happy expression,
tumultuous personality drawn to the drama,
in knowing I am always questioning who I might be,
I am that one counting upon the moment,
when my world crashes,
crumbles, unravels, unwinds the very sustenance of sanity,
who knows you will be there to catch me,
comfort me, offer solace, provide direction, allow failure
to return to a successful rendezvous
Because I know you care.
I am the child,
now the young adult filled with a vigor for pronouncement,
yes, it is my time, to cock, to strut the walk, to corral the essence of time,
with a wish to be recognized,
to be now, finally, in this moment, after years of fear and trepidation,
to be understood.
I am eighteen, seventeen, nineteen years old,
I am that question,
son, daughter, neighbor, friend,
Somali, Latina, American unrecognized, white kid down the block,
African-American, in all beauty, all encompassing,
I am that Asian, Russian, Icelandic, Austrian child,
I am that person – please, hold me, and guide me,
let me thrive.
I am that teenager, that might not yet realize,
howsoever society defines,
I am that Graduate.