Ever since I was born
People have talked about me
They constantly remind me of my short-comings
And my insecurities
They tell me the things I need to stop
And the person I need to be,
But I won't listen to a word they say
Because this is me
Every day when I leave my house
There's someone who treats me bad
Every day someone succeeds,
In making me feel sad
Every night when I go to bed
I sometimes lay down and cry.
I sometimes feel that I am worthless
And give up when I really should try
But slowly I am learning to ignore
Those insensitive and hurtful remarks.
I know that I will prevail,
Because of the size of my compassionate heart
People tease me and jive me out,
Because of the "things" I sometimes see,
But I look at them and just laugh
Why? Because I am me.
Moses McGruder, 17, is a senior at T.W. Josey High School. He wrote Me as a reflection of some problems he was going through last year. He says the poem delivers a message of individuality and self-love.