I am a human.
I am an independent student, a visionary,
A feminine writer, driven and smart.
Some would say I am “passionate.” I would say I am “outspoken.”
I am a Caribbean sister, an American student of Indian descent.
I am a black woman, an introverted feminist of Jamaican descent.
I am biracial and proud to be so.
I am a lover, not a fighter,
A strong caregiver.
I am a kind male…who stays silent, a son.
I would say I am “simple, but caring.”
Short but not helpless.
A man full of emotion.
I am black, but I am not a criminal.
I am a straight woman, the “mediator” in my family when things are not straight.
I am a bisexual woman, capable of learning. I am not confused.
I am gay. I am lesbian.
I am a believer of God, a Christian liberal.
I am spiritual, but not religious.
I am an atheist, an athletic progressive, but I am not without morals.
I am wandering to find myself.
I am a teen traveler, a curious activist…a Georgian.
I am a musician, a reflective business person.
I feel myself constantly growing.
I am young and short, but a creative “old soul.”
I am anxious about my future, but I do not stop vocalizing my truths.
Mostly importantly, I am an imaginative, fluid, accepting, loving and ever-changing human
Who needs someone to understand that I cannot be boxed.
Christian, a 19-year-old college sophomore, collected the phrases/identities in this poem from many different VOX teen staffers.
Contributors: Billaé Blanding, Jolisa Brown, Thalia Butts, Amariyah Callendar, Jason Crichton, Ameerah DeChabert, Victoria Diaz, Cedric Derrico, Haley Henderson, Maya Martin, Miranda Mullins, Khalil Shipman, Caliph Riley, Keana Martin-Sanders, Kayla Smith, Zola Sullivan, Zachari Tellez, Holyn Thigpen, Avanti Upad, Mack Walker