Tatiana is not your average sixth grader. Intellectual, curious, and a fierce believer in freedom of expression, Tatiana aspires to be a professional writer. We loved this poem she wrote during Sixth Street Youth Program, reflecting on the larger issues that burden our modern world. The writing session was inspired by a visit from Lower East Side artist and poet Pitts. He shared poetry about the word "dictatorship" in hopes of sparking a conversation amongst the young people about power. Go Tati!
I wonder why people are judged for skin or culture
I wonder why people make assumptions or claims about others
I wonder why the majority of people focus on irrelevant news
And the minority pay attention to relevant
I wonder why society has higher and lower classes
in which higher has more authority
instead of an equalized world
I wonder why important works of art and stories
are being forgotten
and replaced with a majority of (no offense) awful things
I wonder why a majority of youth follow what the trends are
I wonder why people label things and people when we were all nothing but human
I wonder why we hide our true selves
just to fit in
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