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Back a few years ago I overheard a conversation about myself . . . about my childhood . . . I was adopted and before that severely abused. So hearing this for the first time and being 16 at the time . . . well it made me kind of crazy . . . I started doing drugs and lots of other stuff until finally I had a breakthrough I thought for so long that I had to fight everyone to prove that I was actually a person but then I realized that I was riding my own cliche and that if I accept the things that I cannot change, then what others think does not matter. However at the same time I am terrified that I am exactly what I hate so much . . .

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This really is speaking to me becuase Im going through pretty touch stuff and I have all these questions about life.
i love this poem it touched me
simply provocative. good reading for any age who wants to take time out to hear.

Don't Tell Me Who I Am

no. really
I do know how I am
I'm all messed up
that's nothing new

I don't know what to do
or who to be
or what you expect from me
it really doesn't matter anyway
you can scream at a wall until it breaks
but in the end

it's still broken,

how do you change you?
who is it that I have turned into
it's not me
it's not you

god, please don't let it be them
it must be them
I will wreck you
and I will use you
I don't know

please, don't go
cause I am scared
what if I really am who I came from
I know I push you away
what if it really is all my fault
cause I am not me

has been taken
from my quivering


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