Let Me Speak

By: Marquisha Applewhite

Standing before you

Wow, so much to say

First of all, thank you for allowing me this day

Secondly, I know that a lot of you silently wished me failure and never thought that I would come back and stand before you this way

Next, some of you just love the heck out of me, scars and all, names I dare not call, you and I both know that you were the bed of cushion every time I took a fall 

Now, that I’ve done the housekeeping, let me start speaking

Life will take you on some highs and lows without your consent

Born into one set of circumstances 

Trying to figure out how to change the cards that I was dealt 

Ringing this bell, no one ever showed up to help

Half of the battle was within 

Struggling with my own potential

Blind to my own self-worth

Looking in the mirror feeling like I was broke and had nothing left 

Overwhelmed by the world 

I just wanted to be free

Hunting for happiness is a reoccurring transaction 

Heart to hearts in an empty room to keep my sanity 

Pulled off the mask as I sat down at the vanity 

Looked deeply without a blink 

I told myself on that day, it’s time, Let me speak. 

“Don’t let your beginning determine your end, all of those mazes may seem crazy, but embrace them because they will be a part of why you’re so amazing.”   


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