I am from a city where people hide their feelings
where people don’t believe in self-pity
where people doubt you’ll make it to university
where people try to find positivity even with negativity

I am from a family who struggles yet still finds time to smile
A pile of unpaid bills, they tell me not to worry,
it’s no biggie
they don’t like to share their troubles but I hope
one day they’ll all just crumble

I see my friends as a ray of light
making my life cheerful and bright
life isn’t always easy, hard times yes I’ve had my share
but they were always standing there

Where I’m from, I feel like I have nowhere to go
I tell myself, for the future I am prepared
but the thought of commitment gets me scared
I know I’m getting older, no longer a child
but not yet an adult
just a girl trying to find the right path

I am from a place where innocent people get killed
where it’s normal to hear gunshots
but I am also from nothing but pure love
I am from a place with people and things
I can say are lovely
I am from Oakland


CC BY-SA 4.0 Trying to find the right path by Alexandra is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Karen 1 year ago

    Thanks for writing this, Alexandra. You are a good writer. I love your words “from nothing but pure love,” and I’m glad you can see loveliness in the world around you, even though there are also so many things that are negative and challenging. Keep writing!

  2. Natalia 1 year ago

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  3. Lorena 1 year ago

    good job

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