“I am not that thing to hate
I am not the thing you were told
To fear and loathe, of all things
I am just a part of the others,
Self-Confidence, Contentment, these
are the things that I am. Not the evil,
Not the horrible things you were told.
I am assuredness, quiet, peace, nobility,
I am servitude, I am humility, I am all
Things that you want. I am not haughty,
That was a poor lie about me. It hurt me,
I did not crush in return, that is a sin,
I did not flounder, that is weakness,
I stood with my head high and ignored,
The slander and reproach on my being.
I am not those horrible things. I am,
I am a part of you that you love,
That you need more than you know.
I am part of everything else you love,
about yourself in the daylight and at
Nighttime when the air grows cold,
Or close, and fear tries to make you
Give in to other things, become
something you will hate later.
I am you. I am your friend.
I am part of everything you love.
I am everything you love.
I am Pride.”