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Who am I to you all?

Who am I to you all? 

In a stagnant state unable to change the way I am seen 
The way I’m perceived 
The way I’m heard 
Analyzed and alienated 
A name not spoken in a knowing manner 
But interrogative in nature 
A real name barely spoken at all 
Followed by stillness in the air 
Campus quiets itself in consideration 

Who am I to you? 

The one thing I can control, a simple 
Replacement of a name in conversation 
Slipped out of minds, it’s out of hand 
She, she, she 
Turns from an act of forgetfulness to the call of a mockingbird 
I turn around at the sound of mimicry 
In an act of forgetfulness myself 
Conversing with the false narrative of who 
I’m meant to be 

Who am I? 

But a body in dormancy 
A mind of its own 
Chased by a pair of feet in men’s shoes 
One size too big 
Who am I but a passerby 
Boy or girl, he or she 
A student who speaks with clarity 
When everything else is so unconfirmed 

Who am I?