Excerpts for Addie on the Inside


You Are Who They Say You Are

They say in the seventh grade
you are who they say you are,
but how can that be true?

How can I be a
Godzilla-girl
lezzie loser
know-it-all
big mouth
beanpole
string bean
freaky tall
fall-down
spaz attack
brainiac
maniac
hopeless nerd
*bad word*
brown-nosing
teacher's pet
showing off
just to get
attention--
oh,
and did I
mention:
flat-chested
(that's true)
badly dressed
(says you)
social climber
(such a lie)
rabble-rouser
(well, I try)
tree-hugging
tofu-eating
button-wearing
sign-waving
slogan-shouting
protest-marching
troublemaking
hippie-dippy
throwback
to another
time and place?

How can I be all that?
It's too many things to be.
How can I be all that and
still be true to the real me
while everyone is saying:

This
is
who
you
are.

© 2011 James Howe

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