More Than A Crack – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

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Ask me who I am
unless you think you already know
but if you think you know,
don’t ask me anything at all.
Because if you have the mind
that sums someone up
based on all the ways
they are not like you,
I don’t want to know you.
So, ask me who I am.
I will tell you
I am not this battle in my bones
that makes me fight
ten times harder than you
just to make it through the day.
I will tell you
I am not the mask
of this material bullshit exterior facade
that can pull you in
and invite you to stay.
No. I am the outside of me
turned inside out,
the inside of me scrambled
into pieces of a hurricane
without a name,
begging you to just leave.
I will tell you
I am not the label
handed out so freely
from assumptions made
by people who only think in short cuts.
I am the long route,
the hard route.
the perfect it all or self-destruct route.
I am the one who bends
into my own breaking
for the ones who never bend at all.
I am the one who learns everything
the hard way
because the easy way
never leads to a lesson worth learning.
I am my heart
that pounds so hard
for anything I’m passionate about,
sometimes it takes off running
without me, but I chase it.
I am the hope
keeping the dreams alive
that didn’t make it,
the wishes made on a long shot of
maybe the stars were listening.
I am not a pretty face,
a name that ends there,
or a walking catastrophe
that just gave up because the sky
was the wrong color.
I am the story you don’t know,
the one that you never could understand,
because I am more than the cover
of what you judge me by.
I am not you.
Ask me who I am.
I will tell you,
I am the flower who ripped up
through a tiny crack in the concrete
to say,
I am here and I made it
whether you ever believed in me or not,
I still grew without you.

© Stephanie Bennett-Henry 2016

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Stephanie is a Southern Girl through and through. Sweet as candy, sharp as a blade, and talented beyond measure, Stephanie’s poetry is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable. You can find her exquisite words at Stephanie Bennet-Henry , onInstagram and on her website.

4 thoughts on “More Than A Crack – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

  1. This is an inspiring acceptance of self empowerment and not allowing someone to put you in a box with a pretty bow on top. Well done.

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