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I Dream a World (my non-Binary version)

I go to this school,

I know everyone well.

I’m Latino.

I’m Non-Binary.

I’m different.

My identity would stand out in a crowd,

Being Non-Binary is a big part of it.

A class full of people who are on the gender binary,

Just me to stand out.

I wish that people would just ask me,

Instead of just assuming that I’m male.

Just because I also use the “he” in he/they,

If only they would just recognize

That people would just use they/them.

Nobody else is like me in the class,

That’s what makes me different.

You know, I’ve been wondering lately,

Trying to figure out just how it could be

That you all are around me so often,

Few of you think to ask about what I am,

And how nobody seems to see the real me.

 

I hang out with my friends a lot,

But they still don’t know me.

Some call me male, others call me Non-Binary,

What some won’t understand,

I am not male, but just Non-Binary.

I try to tell them almost each and every day,

But they still wouldn’t listen.

Pronouns are what to be called by,

Not how people would identify.

No matter how much I try,

Some won’t ever understand.

You know, I’ve been wondering lately.

Trying to figure out how it could be

That you’re around me so often,

But you still don’t know a thing about me.

 

For those who don’t know what I am,

You may or may not understand me.

You may think that Non-Binary is equal to bad,

But I assure you, that it isn’t what you think.

I have heard opinions,

Some in the news, some not.

That Non-Binary shouldn’t be identifiable,

Just something that nobody could care about.

I’ve seen people ignoring,

Ignoring how and what I am.

Sure, It makes me feel sad,

But my eyes will stay dry.

I feel sad for those who don’t understand,

Because they just might lose something in their future lives.

No matter how much I do and whatever I try,

Somebody out there won’t understand.

So I try to help and help people I do.

 

In every single school,

There will be at least one.

One who doesn’t have a clue,

Despite how much I’ve done.

I’ve tried explaining it,

But people don’t understand.

It’s their problem, not mine,

Because I know I will always understand.

They might never understand,

Unless someone would take a stand.

I will take one, I already have.

It’s not that easy, despite all the practice I’ve had.

You know,

I’ve been wondering lately,

Trying to figure out how it could be

That you’re around me so often

But you still don’t know a thing about me.

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Avi Dulitzky-Tenner

Sheridan School

Grade: 7

Hometown:

Woodley Park

Birthplace:

Annapolis, MD

Favorite Author or Book:

Rick Riordan

Dream for the Future:

To be a good photographer

Inspirational Figure:

Martin Tenner