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Published: February 2006

I haven't forgotten
That I am just one person,
That I am but one voice
Attempting to stand out
From the crowd.

I remember
That I have fallen
Amidst the laughter
That surrounds me, and that sometimes
It gets too loud.

I know
That I can't sit here
And expect my silence
To evoke change
Without reason.

I can see
That I don't know everything,
That I can't expect
My hand to be held
Always.

I can feel
That time is slipping
By me, that it
Will be gone if I just
Stand still.

I have heard
That there are a million
Other voices that sound
Like mine, that want also
To be heard.

I've been told
That it's not enough to
Wish for dreams, that I
Have to work them
Into reality.

I know that I don't know
All that I think I know.
I know I won't see all of
The places I wish to go.
I know I'm not ready
For all that the world demands,
You don't have to always hold me,
Just let me see your hands.

I know
That there's a lot
That I won't understand,
That you don't have all
Of the answers.

I haven't forgotten
That I have to grow up
And someday live without
Your voice, your opinion--
Making my own decisions.

I know that I don't know
All that I think I know.
I know that I may not see all
Of the places I want to someday go.
I know I'm not ready for everything
That I won't always understand.
You don't have to always hold me,
But sometimes. . .
Just let me touch your
Hand.

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  • by Ashley Marilynne Wong
  • 1 month ago

Beautifully written. Indeed there are so many paradoxical moments in life, and we need to strive to live life to the fullest by following our dreams, accepting ourselves with unconditional love, acknowledging that life is full of uncertainty and making sure that there is nothing left unsaid. Be grateful for what and who we have.

  • by Unknown
  • 3 years ago

After I read this poem I finally new what's missing in my life. I'm just standing there always wishing for dreams to come but that's not the case. I know I'm only 11 years old but I've been standing wasting years of my life wondering what's missing and now I know. I shouldn't just stand there I have to make my dreams happen. Thank you.

  • by University Of Johannesburg
  • 4 years ago

I like this poem sometimes a touch does wonders more than words.

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