I Know Who I Am - Poem by Tommy Huynh
Where do I stand in a world of many words?
On one mountain, they tell me that I'll become successful.
Why must my parents expect so much?
They encourage me to be all that I can be.
They stresses the importance of being a responsible citizen,
who poses respect, and above all to have the power to lead a successful life.
I am terrorized by the thought of not living up to these expectation.
It haunts me in my dreams,
Lurking in the shadow staring down at me.
Why am I placed under such a heavy boulder?
How can mere words put so much pressure on me?
These words act like daggers inching deeper and deeper
Into my body as I move farther away from my parents.
They order me to do well in school.
And make me aware of the tragic road ahead without an education.
They want me to be what I am not.
I do not dare to disappoint my parents.
How can I find my own dream and desire
If all I am doing is living in the dream of my parents?
Where is my voice in this world that my parents built?
Am I forever trap in this cage in which I can not escape?
This cage which is built on the foundation of my parents words.
When will I be free?
On the other mountain,
My friends tell me that there is nothing that can stop me.
No matter what the task is,
I will be able to overcome it.
Can't they see that I'm just like them?
I am no different from anyone else.
I am neither better or worse than anyone.
I am only giving my best effort at anything I do.
My friends questions about my state of seriousness
They see me always joking around,
Not taking anything seriously.
They don't seem to understand.
Should I stop hiding behind this great door?
Should I open this door that is in front of me?
This door that is concealing all my true feelings and emotions.
Should I let my friends come inside this door?
All these questions floating in my head.
I am indeed stuck in a state of confusion.
Floating the the cloud trying to hold my ground but there is none to stand on.
I am a leaf hanging on a tree
Struggling to change my direction as the wind is blowing against me.
My parents are my lantern.
The light that shine bright to guide me on my path.
My friends are my wheels.
The objects that is supporting me
while also influencing the direction that I'll take in life.
I am the person who control my mind, my soul, and my path in life.
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