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Poem: Walk



I have come to walk like

who I want to be,


arching up on the tips of my toes like my mother

in quick short steps when I want to be seen


slowing my stride and swaying a bit

when I want to feel strong like my father


when I want to be ignored, keeping my head down

watching my size elevens scurry


no matter how fast I walk,

no matter how many puddles I avoid, how long

my strides reach, how loud my feet smack the pavement,

I am unable to learn how to walk like me.





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Mckenzie Baker

Wake Forest '21

Mckenzie Baker is a 20 year old with roots in Memphis, TN and Atlanta, Ga. She enjoys writing about identity and time. She is currently a third year at Wake Forest University and her favorite smell is freshly cut grass.
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