So for those of you who’ve seen the movie/listened to the soundtrack like I have, you can probably tell that this was inspired by “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman, a song which has been really important to me over the past six months or so. Just wanted to acknowledge that–thank you so much to that song for everything it’s done for me and for getting me through a lot of really, really bad days. Now, with that out of the way, here’s some quick backstory: As a kid, I never really fit in. For four years (ish) I was bullied by a girl who would claim to any onlookers she was my friend, until I believed it myself–that this was what friendship was. Begging someone to hurt you because then they would stop being angry; your worth and value hanging on one person’s volatile and rarely positive feelings. It wasn’t just her. Everywhere I looked, someone just turned me away. There wasn’t a single person in the world who I trusted with the whole of me. Even now, when things are starting to actually get better… well, it’s hard. Normal teenagers have to build themselves up from nothing; I have to tear everything I spent my whole childhood believing down to nothing and start over. And I just wanted to write something that felt like a first step forward to me. Anyway, I hope this poem means something to you, and thanks so much for listening. -dragonwritesthings
Inspired by “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman OST
Music from here: https://patrickdearteaga.com/
Poem copyright to me. Read the text here.