15 Years



15 years have led up to

this one moment in time.

The day where I will finally

be released from my bind.

From this day forward,

I can truly be dedicated

to creating what is mine.


15 years later,

I’ve paid my dues

and earned my way.

With sleepless nights and headaches,

I’ve given more than what I’ve had to pay.

I dare someone to say

I don’t deserve my spot this May.


15 years.

I think I can already feel the tears.

I can already hear the cheers,

as I walk across that stage

and turn my next page.

I’m ready for my life’s next age.

I’m running toward it

without any fears.



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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