15 Years

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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