The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.
I was just a young girl in elementary school, bite sized
Surrounded by hawks who preyed on the most timid and shy
They chose me
I would be the one they looked down on
I was the one that they said “wouldn’t be noticed”
I was invisible
The rest of my class grew stronger but not me
They ate good meals and drank fresh milk
The tall girls wanted to be models when they grew up
I wanted to be an astronaut and fly to the moon
The boys wanted to grow tall and be basketball players
I wanted to run, run and run, faster than anyone.
They said I couldn’t
I love my body, I reach zones that other people can’t
I can climb to the tree tops, light as a feather
I can crouch gracefully, without hitting my head
I can sleep cozy, covered head to toe
I’m bite sized but not disabled
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Poet: Javier Zamora. Book: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
I want to be a famous video editor. Becoming the first Hispanic female to receive an Oscar for best video editor/film director would be a dream come true.
Oprah Winfrey is a great role model because she is a strong and generous person. She is someone who inspires me to do good things. She had a rough past and her story gives me hope. Greatnesses from small beginnings.