Prize Poetry

Pongo Poetry Prize - January 2016

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DIDN’T ASK
by a young woman, age 17

Everyone wants to be different,
But not like this.
The struggle, the pain, the guilt.
The feeling that no one understands.

I didn’t ask to be different.
I didn’t ask to be special.

I try to remember to do my best every day because the next day might be worse.
I want to run a 5k.
I want to be on the honor roll.
I want to be a teacher.
But what if it gets too bad?
Will I ever finish college?
Will I ever hold a job?
Will I ever get to hold my own newborn child?
Or will I sit alone unable to move from the fear of getting worse?

I didn’t ask to be different.
I didn’t ask to be special.

But what if this difference can make me stronger?
What if I can be the voice for the people who are sitting alone?
What if I can be the teacher who understands?

What if I can prove that being different made me better?
I can
And I will.

I didn’t ask to be different.
I didn’t ask to be special.
But I’m glad.

[Author Statement: I'm currently a student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Early Childhood Education. At age 15 I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type 3 followed by more diagnoses, which prompted me to right poetry to overcome the struggles of having a degenerative disability. Since writing this poem I have graduated high school and held my first job as a dairy clerk in a grocery store.]
 
 
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