I’m not attempting to be someone I’m not.

I’m just trying to be seen for who I am.

Yes, I’m smart,

but I make mistakes.

I like some structure,

but I appreciate my freedom.

I know how to be appropriate,

but I can’t forget my roots.

Call me and innocent and naive,

but I lived through a few things.

Yeah, I have tough skin,

but I have feelings, too.

I’m the youngest,

but I’m no child.

You may think I’ve changed.

You might believe I’m faking,

but I’m just being me.

If you can’t accept that,

then I guess you don’t know me.



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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