Words by Anna--Page 3
Anna, almost 2, with her Great Grandma Tate--San Jose, CA
Grandma

ďthatís not the way you came
into this world,Ē
my mother laughs
as I gracefully twirl and
leap about the kitchen.
And I think, no.
I came into this world kicking
and screaming
after hours of labor.
And kicking and screaming
is how I plan to leave.
I plan to grow old, kicking
and screaming
I plan to dance in the kitchen
Ďtil Iím 85
and run barefoot in the park
when Iím 90.
When I am old, I shall
sprawl my crayons
across the floor,
and color outside the lines,
and I shall wear my slip
        to a party if I please.
I shall sing in the shower,
and sing in my garden,
and sing as I skip
down the street.

Yes, kicking and screaming,
thatís how you met me,
and thatís how Iíll say
my good byes.
     Song

pour me a glass of blue
seeping into midnight black
as the air gets colder around me
murmuring across the table
drifting into love with you
as life gets warmer within me

      stars peek shyly from the clouds
      glittering not half so bright as your eyes
      truth falls slowly from my mouth
      conjured to light by a magic I recognize
      and the sun begins to rise
      as I find I cannot disguise this anymore

dance through night with you
twirling into morning light
as the east grows brighter despite me
bringing joy into the day
and I know now life is new
growing fresh as this feeling inside me

      sun peeks sleepily from the clouds
      shining not half so bright as your eyes
      truth falls slowly from my mouth
      conjured to light by a magic I recognize
      and love begins to rise
      as I find I cannot disguise this anymore
Anna, 16, in "42nd Street"--Churchill High School
Girl, Independent

I STAND.
     at the moment
     I stand alone, confused,
and hurt,
but still, I STAND.
I stand beyond you
     not reaching,
     not yearning,
     not needing,
not willing to change myself
     at your every whim
or throw myself inside-out at you.
I am who I am,
no less.
Anna Kirstina, 17,  under 'her sign' in Denmark
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