First day of School
By Quan Nguyen
First day new school just trying not to lose.
Walked through the hallways seeing everybody flexing with their thousand dollar shoes.
People be acting like Christians but, I saw them over the summer drinking the booze.
I went to first hour and sat down.
I thought to myself I just want to fit in, I don’t want to drown.
I looked at all my classmates in face and saw they all had a grin.
But I knew deep down they felt anger, sadness and depression but would never show it on their outside skin.
Should I confine myself to society?
Should I copy my peers, put on a fake grin and stand by silently?
I dwelled on this question in every class.
Debating if I should follow the mass.
On the bus ride home I finally, decided on who I was going to be.
I was not going to bow down to this society with my knee.
I am just going to be me.
Poem inspired by Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
Expressing Myself by Quan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.