Do You



Please don’t worry about what I think.

Just live your days as you wish.

My eyes are closed as far as I’m concerned,

so just act as if I wasn’t watching.

Yes, I’m here,

but how can I be jealous, angry, or upset?

What gives me the right to opinionate?

So I won’t

and don’t expect me to either.

Continue on unapologetically

without feeling the need to seek approval

or hide the truth.

Be yourself.

Live life.

Do you.



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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