The following have been written by Adult Basic
Education (ABE) students.
by Christina Martin
A happy, fun filled, joyous person is all I want to be.
be cool, easy going, full of life—
should be me.
want to be able
to love and cherish
to denounce or be irked.
longer I wish to dwell on those things that have been
full of misgiving.
want to live, to immensely love
look at people and instantaneously be judgmental;
to momentarily scold and scorn when my childhood dream has not gone my way.
scowl at others when a miracle has happened to them and not me.
to be joyous and immensely happy for them and to be easily
to wait on time for myself.
be collected, full of life, easy going and fun-filled
all I want to be.
can’t this be?
someone answer for me.
do you cry? Why
do you feel all you have done is in vain?
you see in your life all you have gained?
do you feel at a loss?
if the world holds you hostage?
you see you hold the world—the world doesn’t hold you?
life doesn’t always revolve around one person.
everyone goes through trials and tribulations
give up so easily.
times you have to go through the rough in order to get to
give up now?
little treasure is what you make of it.
you are miserable, then misery you shall have.
you are content and happy, then you are richer than a king.
give up all you have waited for?
the faith and you will reap the rewards.