Self Expression Magazine

By Karen Flett from Winnipeg

Posted on the 23 October 2018 by Radicalhope

This unnamed poem is from the book All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada By Susan Scott

If you are going to help me
Please be patient while I decide
I can trust you
Let me tell you my story
The whole story in my own way
Please accept that whatever I may do
Is the best I can offer and
Seemed right at the time
I am not just a person
I am this person unique and special
Don’t judge me as right or wrong
Bad or good I am what I am
And that’s all I got
Don’t assume that your knowledge
Is more accurate than mine.
You only know what I have
Told you that small part of me
Don’t ever think that you know what
I should do you don’t I may be
Confused but I’m still the expert about me
Don’t place me in a position
Of living up to your expectations
I have enough trouble with mine
Please hear my feelings not just
My words accept all of them
If you can’t how can I?
I can do it myself I know
I knew enough to ask for help didn’t I?
Help me to help myself

Karen  Frett


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