For Once

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Of my eyes,

you are the light.

But, for so long,

it seemed like

I was never in your sight.

I was never paid the respect I gave you.

Perhaps, because

you never thought it was due.

I only asked for some recognition.

I wanted support for my very own mission.

I didn’t expect hesitation and suspicion,

but, alas!

You gave me your submission.

For once,

you made me alpha.

For once,

I was your priority.

For once,

my work was worth it.

For once,

my loyalty gave me authority.

And, for that,

thank you,

with all genuine sincerity.

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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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