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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