Poem about identity: I Don’t Belong in a Box

June 21, 2022

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Callum makes a stand against being labelled by society

Society expects a ‘woman’ to be:
Feminine
Weak
Emotional
Hairless
And submissive
Society expects a ‘man’ to be:
Masculine
Strong
Logical
Hairy
And dominant
How come society has so many rules?
How come you and we can’t live OUR lives the way WE want to live them?
See I’m not feminine nor masculine
I’m not weak or strong
I’m not emotional or logical
I’m not hairless or hairy
And nor am I submissive or dominant
I’m just me.
You might think I belong in one of these ‘boxes’ or ‘categories’
But in fact I do.
I belong to the ‘box’ or ‘category’ labelled ‘THIS IS ME’
Because that’s what I am.
I’m me
nobody can tell me different.
And most importantly, NOBODY can tell YOU different.

Second Place, Upper Secondary Category (15-17 years) in Voices 2022, the national creative writing competition for care-experienced young people on the theme ‘This is Me’. You can read all the shortlisted entries. This year’s competition was sponsored by Cadence Innova.

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