I put on the cap and the uniform
To please the people that give me money.
I follow their rules with a synthetic smile
To appease the ones I work for.
I complete the caustic piles of work
To entertain my teachers.
I run myself to the ground day after day
To get the grades my parents approve of.
I wear a skirt or dress to church
To submit to my religion’s rules.
I silence any thought of success as a woman
To keep my society from crumbling.
But underneath the uniform and plastic positivity
They labeled me with,
I’m a person worth much more than minimum wage.
Underneath the dirt of pointless work
They buried me in,
I've found diamonds of knowledge and talents.
Underneath the obedience to an unjust world
They want to live in,