Who Am I?

Who am I?

The child asked

When the teacher told her

To write a description of herself

Using the fixed prompts


What am I?

The girl asked

After she read

Her first science fiction


Who am I becoming?

She thought

As she tried to forget

The words she had uttered


She wondered

What they expected her

To do


She was told

To look slim and pretty

Like those powder-faced models

To go to college

Not be a prude

To get married

And have children


She was told

That the exact essence of who she was

Was herself

But she still wondered

“Who am I?”

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