Peer Review by Mae! (United States)

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what they say i am

By: weirdo

PROMPT: Open Prompt

i strive 
to be more 
than what 
they say i am, 
to disprove 
the stereotypes. 
don't talk ghetto
my mom tells me, 
them white folks 
will get scared 
wear your nice clothes
my dad says, 
don't want them thinking 
we're broke 
don't get into fights
my older sister warns, 
they take it as a threat 
and try to hurt you like 
they did me 
but from now on 
i talk how i want, 
i dress how i like, 
i fight back. 
and, most importantly, 
i will be me. 
'cause maybe i can't disprove 
the stereotypes 
but i sure as hell 
can be more than them 

Peer Review

I would say that this piece is eye-opening: it radiates powerful self confidence, and expresses the feelings that many people of color and people who face any stereotype endure.

The raw words that are simple yet strong. It is obvious that the poet put a lot of heart and soul into his/her/their work!

I don't think that I'm in a position to criticize this piece, but it doesn't have any flaws, anyways. I just wanted to review it and tell you that this is a really true and awesome poem, and I hope you are proud.

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