People think I’m a below person
But I just keep it inside People think that I can't speak out
But sometimes appearances lie
I’m only trying to get through life
With what each day hands me
You can say I’m dumb
You can say I’m worthless
And nobody understands me
I wish you knew that I’m not perfect
I have a lot that’s unseen
When I try to speak my mind
You just yell at me
You never ask me what I think
You just command me
You say stay down
And you say back up
there's no room here
for my kind
you don't understand me
I’m going to be who I am now
Become who I want to be
And whether I’m right or wrong
It’s alright with me
If nobody understands me
because I’m me
not you

—Jonathan Prince, 18, of Sunrise