In a poetry meet up

Here’s what I wrote:

 

I tried to break the social norms I tried

I tried but they wouldn’t let me they said

That I am here and they said

That I should be like so

And they thought

That they were saving me

But I

Have let my brothers down

 

I tried to be myself

I tried

I tried so hard but they simply wouldn’t have it

They said here’s a photo of you

Twenty years from now

Now be that person

I thought

Maybe I want to be myself

And they heard me think and made me say

That I will not

 

They claimed

That theirs is the way

That before them there were idiots

And we won’t be the same

And that life led up to that one moment

And beyond it there’s no change

They thought

That there is no change

They said

There won’t be change

And they’d be right

But I tried

I swear I tried

And they wouldn’t let me

 

They said that my name is disgrace

They said that to my face

And ever since I was a child of the Earth they made me a child of my race

Their race

And they said to change would be a sin

And that life is a book that only they have read

 

And they said that on my fingertips are stories only they can read

They said that only they could read

And I couldn’t say otherwise

Because I was illiterate

But I tried

Oh I swear I tried

To tell them they were wrong

I tried

To break their hold

I tried so hard but they refused

They refused and they wouldn’t let me

 

And everyday the sun would rise

And they thought that they made it so

And they could hear its gears and they

Could make it shine

And they

Of all the people could see it glow

And they were right and I was wrong

And the whole world was wrong

And I tried to tell them, to convey

That maybe there are two truths or three

And I tried to show them that maybe we were all wrong

And I tried to tell them that the truth was as malleable as pure gold

And that maybe there was more to their life than they had previously thought

I tried

Oh I swear I tried

But they wouldn’t listen

They wouldn’t

Have it

 

They refused

 

And they would say that I am young

And that I will never age

And that humans had the knowledge and that

I am not human

And that

I cannot know because others

Did

And that life is ancient

And that

Greater men have lived

 

But I would say and I would try to say they might be wrong

And I did

And I tried to talk

I tried to speak

But they wouldn’t let me

They

Were louder

They

Had sharper pens

And they

Had sharper thoughts

And they

Had sharper minds

I tried

 

I tried to break the social norms

I tried

I tried so hard it broke my spirit

And still they wouldn’t let me

I tried to be different but I guess now

I am just the same

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