Stand Out

​We give too much weight to people’s opinions
We have truly become society’s minions
Placed on our shoulders unnecessary burdens
Criticizing glares denigrating our every action
Trapping us in imaginative prisons
Strengthened with our own handmade battens

Now, it seems we’ve forgotten the foremost key
To living with ourselves peacefully
Our lives are not about what others think or see
We don’t have to cool in the mould blindly
In the end, alone we’ll face the consequences and when all is destroyed, no one will respond to our pleas

You wanna be an artist a writer, then, be
Medicine and Business are not the only faculties
Your choice should depend on your ambitions and abilities
If it takes you a step closer to your dream,
don’t be distracted by other paths gleams

Not only our big life decisions did they stalk
But started constricting how we should sit and walk
To be a lady, don’t laugh and always wear frocks
To be a man, never cry and never balk
Apparently there are rules for how we should even talk

But for how long?
This is just on so many levels wrong
Fortunately, you, my fellow, do not have to play along
Never be afraid to stand out among the throng
Swim against the tide, for you are strong

Sketch by: Mariam Ali Ibrahim


Just Be Yourself.. Right?


“Just be yourself” will advise the society, the irony

They know full well that they’re to be partially blamed for my insecurity

See, they don’t show you curves, pimples and gap teeth on the tv screen

Only tall and skinny models with thigh gaps for the whole world to see

They don’t represent people like you and me

Put my confidence to the ground, destroyed my self-esteem

I couldn’t even hold a conversation without saying sorry

Like 90 million times, apologizing for just being me

They say just be brave and gain some self-confidence

I always replied “It’s not that simple, not that easy”

Until I did it!

You know how they say fake it till you make it

For your first step, this is the key

Everyone will tell you a different definition of beauty

Not only looks, it can be be mental capacity, charm or personality

Ultimately, you, and only you get to to make your own history

So, for one day let yourself breathe, and be free

-Thank you for reading my humble poem. I’ve been playing with the idea of recording a video of myself reciting it. Shall I actually do it? I’m super nervous so let me know what you think!