Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 1999
Margo Chervony
Lincoln Junior High School, Grade 7

Who am I?

I can be
the most popular kid in school
flirting, talking
applying make-up
to conceal
my inner identity
wishing
to be
someone else

I can be
an outcast
cowering, dreaming
avoiding
the person
hidden inside
wishing
to be
someone else

I can be 
a drug addict
smoking, abusing
destroying
the person
I used to be
wishing
to be 
someone else

But 
who would 
that 
be?
Who 
am
I?
Really?