By Rizouana Prome
Teenagers oftentimes don’t know themselves and are not well aware of their identity. This is a poem where I am exploring the different sides of my identity.
“What kind of person are you?” A question I encounter as if it is Rain during the rainy season Too often to be avoided Sometimes I am a bear Destined to be a loner Avoiding crowds Addicted to my own company Sometimes I am an ant Surrounded by creatures With the same goal Motivated to move forward Sometimes I am an angry lion Quick to make a move Out hunting for opportunities Sometimes I am a sloth Unbothered and careless Known for my slow speed Sometimes I am a cat Calm and friendly Known for comforting people Sometimes I am a T-rex Heartless and selfish Hurting other organisms to fulfill my needs Unconcerned about their feelings Who am I? Avoiding this question I am rather invested in Which side of me is more acceptable? Wanting to be liked by others Always wondering Which side makes me more approachable? More desirable?
As I started high school and met different people, I noticed a change in my behavior depending on my circumstance. I was acting differently with different people for the sake of being liked by them. Gradually, it felt like I developed multiple personalities. This journey was the main source of motivation for this writing piece. I enjoy learning about animals and their characteristics and with the knowledge I had, I started to create metaphors that summed up my different personalities.
Rizouana is an extrovert, but as much as she likes hanging out with her friends and exploring, she is also attached to her own company. Rizouana believes having an optimistic and peaceful mindset is the key to making the most out of an experience. During her leisure time, she likes to draw, paint and write. Rizouana writes poetry, fiction, and memoirs about young adults’ lives. She likes reading fictional romance novels and philosophy. Rizouana is passionate about immigrant rights, women’s rights, and climate justice.