“Why I’m Determined As Hell”

By: Stephanie Borrayo


I saw as my mom worked hard.

I remember her

Teling us,

I came over here for you guys.

I saw her be strong,

To support her four kids

While my dad was out of my life.

And so I decided

I’m determined

To make her proud.

For her to know that

Her hard work paid off

I’m determined

To succeed.


To be a latina

Who goes to college and


Live up to


I won’t be

A housewife

Or pregnant

At a young age.

I won’t let

Anyone push me around.

I’ll prove that

I am determined

To succeed

And that

My mom’s hard work

Paid off.

And she’ll be proud.

Proud to have a daughter




CC BY-SA 4.0 Why I’m Determined As Hell by Stephanie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

1 Comment
  1. Rosario 2 years ago

    Dear Chata, This poem is the sweetest and almost made me cry. I am proud that you choose to be this determined for your mom. I can really connect to you because I have a similar background story like yours. I know you will be as successful as you think you are because you’re the only one who can stop yourself. Keep up the good work!

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