Creative Writing

Awaiting My Pledge

When will my flag pledge allegiance to me?

I am the the the resident on the Standing Rock Reservation

I am the black student that is told misconceptions about slavery

I was the man at the bar that was shot up in Orlando

I am the child who grew up in this country and am being threatened deportation

I am the autistic person that is struggling with a job

I am the woman who covers myself and is still not protected from rape

I am the young girl who is fearful to wear my hijab

Why is no one forced to stand for me? Where are my riots?

When will there be great conversations and debates for me?

I want to be respected, beloved, valued

I, too, am American

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