I’m Not Lucky



Some of the extra things I’ve gained in life

have been thanks to being in the right place at the right time,

but, when it comes to the important things,

it’s been about working toward earning what should be mine.


I made my grades what they were,

not a special charm or a lucky number.

My achievements gave me those awards and plaques,

not my name being drawn from a hat.

The money I have doesn’t equal a ton,

but it was definitely earned and not won.


I’m not lucky, I’m blessed.


I’m blessed to have been given the tools to succeed.

Not the tools like college and money,

but the tools like strength and tenacity.

You can have all of the luck in the world,

but, if you don’t have the heart to match it,

then you’ll be unfortunate before you know it.


Consider yourself lucky to be getting a second chance.

Consider yourself blessed to not need it.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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