Take the affirmative

Sometimes I feel like a number

Or just a category inside a category

Or a grouping that defines me as a person

Just like a statistic

Going ballistic on test scores and G.P.A. ratings

Honor rolls, scholar lists, and grades on spreadsheets

Sometimes I know I’m different

Because society tells us, melds us, and chooses

To be that for this and this for that, with advantage and disadvantage

What is merit?

My spirit and mind, can’t this be unique

Why am I so transparent

Are book smarts how we judge or can it be creativity

What course you take, how long you wait becomes indeterminate

Time doesn’t stop for you, there is some risk so take the affirmative

Action is doing what you can do now