Say whatever is on your mind.

If you don’t voice it,

who else will?

Nobody is you.

Nobody knows your thoughts.

Nobody feels your emotions.

Nobody but you,

so you must speak.

Advocate for yourself.

Let your mind be heard.


with those around you.

Don’t rely on the tongues of others.

Don’t rely on their words.

Don’t rely on their sounds.

Have confidence in that of your own

to speak whatever you have to say.

For, if you never do,

you’ll forever live your life

handicapped without a voice.

So speak.



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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