- Shubhay Mishra, Sophomore, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
My heart once filled with doubts and shame,
Didn't know the joy of life's refrain;
It seemed I couldn't win, not even in a game,
But I have now embraced a different lane.
I am who I am and that's just fine,
My heart is now open, no longer confined;
The fear of judgment and expectations of mine,
No longer take away the joy that will shine.
The inner voice that so often said 'no',
Has been replaced with a voice that says 'Go!'
For I have learned to accept what I know,
And the beauty of my soul does show.
The love I have for myself is strong,
My worth and value are no longer wrong;
No more do I stand in the shadows long,
My newfound self-acceptance makes me strong.