Who am I? I am not who you may think.
I’m a work of fiction.
A character you’ve met only once
or a million different times.
A character you don’t give a second thought about
unless you’re graded on it in English class.
A character you don’t want to be
but deep down you know that it’s who you are.
A character you wish you could be
even though you know life doesn’t work like that.
I am Ophelia
because sometimes I go mad with love.
Other times I feel like drowning myself
without so much as one small goodbye.
I know that the moment I lose what I treasure most
I will, in turn, lose my sanity
and my reason for going on in life.
I am Ponyboy
because I’ve made a family with friends.
I protect them with my own life
and fall apart when my sacrifice is not enough.
I’ve learned that doing right by people
is not always going to get you where you want,
but that’s no reason to stop caring.
And, most importantly, I know nothing gold can stay.
I am Holden
because I observe who's around me,
picking out my own flaws by knowing theirs.
I feel alone in a crowded city, and
I stay up late because I can’t sleep.
My mind won’t switch off
and I desperately need someone to talk to.
I am Scout
because I’m an innocent child
growing up with things I don’t understand
and wishing the world was different.
I have found love in the most innocent ways,
and I have witnessed people be wrongly ridiculed
for things they can’t even control.
I am Lennie and George
because two’s always better than one.
But I also know when I should take a step back
and put things right to save my other half.
I have a passion for soft things
and even though sometimes I don’t listen to people,
I really don’t want to hurt anyone.
I am Hagrid
because I look beyond imperfections
and I am gentle with people and creatures
so that they can learn a sense of kindness.
I may look scary on the outside,
but on the inside I am really scared
of losing everything again.
I am Darren
because I really, really like spiders and freaks.
When society throws something away I embrace it
and find meaning out of its pieces.
I’ve made bad decisions that will haunt me
and I can never fix them,
but I have managed to make good out of bad.
I am Alice
because my curiosity can be overwhelming
and it’s hard for me to get out of the rabbit hole,
especially when it’s better than home.
I can be inconsiderate and unladylike,
but there is a place for me somewhere.
I will always have a Wonderland to return to.