Gonna Do Me



Just as your choices aren’t in my jurisdiction,

your authority doesn’t rule over my every decision.

I will absolutely respect what you have to say,

but, at the end of the day,

I will decide to live my life my own way.

I’m going to do what I have to.

Progress is the journey,

success is the destination,

and my heart is my compass,

so I don’t cash out on the two cents of others

and I can’t let your thoughts

make me lose focus.

I will always do things

as I think they should be,

so do what you must,

but let me do 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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