I Am


I am because I am alive
I am because I have suffered and still survive
I am because I see the light
I am because I am one with mankind’s plight

I am because I feel
I am because I hurt and I heal
I am because I exist
I am because I stand up to oppression and resist

I am because I am a human being
One who felt and seen many a thing
I am because I am here
I am because I love and I care

I am because I make mistakes
To become better I am doing whatever it takes
I am because I am not perfect in my doing
Many failures have resulted in the goals that I am pursuing

I am because I keep on trying
I am now but one day I will be dying
I am because I came and went
I am because when I left the earth I left my footprint


  1. Michalla Nixon says

    BB, this is amazing. We are composed of every thing that that has happened to us and everything that is going to happen us. We are our memories, our fears, our talents, the people in our lives that care about us, our mistakes and our successes. Such beautiful writing, and I can’t wait to read more of your work. Hope all is well, and thank you so much for sharing!

  2. The first thing I noticed was the repetition of the three words “I am because.” I really appreciate the weight of these words and how they come together to create a full picture of who you are. Additionally, the times that you don’t use the words “I am” to start the line, the statement is emphasized more. With these three lines I see a smaller story within a big one and I think this is an extremely compelling addition. I also noticed the rhyme scheme in couplets. I think this carries the poem on forward rather well, and I can tell that you put a lot of effort into finding these matches. My favorite stanza is the last one because I think it gives the audience something to consider: everyone will die, so leave your own unique footprint on the Earth. The last line is very deep and I saw it as an important aspect of the theme of your poem: life journeys. I noticed that most of the lines are in present tense, but the last two contain past tense. This was the only question I had. What was the purpose of the past tense in the last line? This was an interesting switch and I wanted to clarify the purpose behind it. Lastly, This poem builds a profile for you and I enjoy reading it because each line is an addition to a picture put in the reader’s mind. I just read a poem recently that organized each stanza by a specific topic or general idea. This made the poem even easier to understand and I would suggest considering this idea for future poems you write. Although, I do appreciate how the structure of the poem seems to mirror what you have gone through and experienced. It seems as though you had many ups and downs that may not have been expected and the organization of the poem reflects this. Overall, I can see the poem took a lot of thought and vulnerability to share about life experiences, and I enjoyed reading it.

  3. This poem was really inspiring. I really connected with your descriptions on humanity; survival, existing, feeling, making mistakes, being imperfect but continuing to persist, especially in the face of oppression. I am. . .glad to know that you are working towards goals that will help you live a more joyful life for YOU! Don’t give up, the world is full of tough choices but one day you can look back on life and be glad for all you have learned. Thank you for leaving your footprints today, and every other day.

  4. Your poem is truly relatable for all! It expresses what it truly means to be human. There are many differences that people usually use to try to divide us. But first and foremost, we are all human beings who go through the same things. We all feel the same emotions. We all have had obstacles in our lives. But we have survived them all. Sometimes our obstacles overwhelm us and it feels like we cannot overcome them. Your poem does a great job of reminding readers that we are alive and we are human. To be so means to have had obstacles, to still have obstacles, and to always have obstacles. That is what it means to be human, what it means to be alive. We are all trying to fight some battle. This is an awesome reminder that we are more alike than we think.

  5. A piece that is so beautiful in itself. You feel the pain and authenticity with every line. Keep up the great work.

  6. BB,

    Every word in this poem is full of emotions, feelings, and truth. It is great to see that you keep on going no matter what and trying your best to learn from your failures. I believe that we are human begins who keep fighting for what is right and standing up for what is wrong. Keep on going and writing poems. Great Poem.

  7. Reading this made me think of a bunch of things. Certain things were running through my mind. It is such a great poem that you wrote. Not every human being is perfect but sometimes we make an impression when we’re on this earth. This poem says a lot. Well done!

  8. Renee Leduc says

    So powerful! Your use of “I am” is so empowering. Encourages us all to get inside our true selves rather than escaping ourselves and negative self talk. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Karen bates says

    Hi BB –
    I just read your poem and was blown away by it. I am grateful to you for sharing the feelings of uncertainty and pain that so many people have but so few are able or willing to express to others. You are a really talented writer. I hope you keep it up.

  10. Maureen Geraghty says

    Love it! I especially like the last line. Your words will leave your footprint for sure.

  11. Jane Stevens says

    BB, I love your poetry. It is succinct and paints a touching picture of you. It’s powerful because you acknowledge failings and mistakes yet you interject strength and positive words toward change. Your rhymes are sensitive and not forced. Very well written and felt.

  12. Gianna Torres says

    BB, This poem really says a lot. Something I really took out of this is that our society doesn’t realize at times what people have been through, and the impacts these events have had on each and every one of us. Your words speak of adversity and the challenges I can’t even imagine you have faced. The fact that you admit to these mistakes and failures says so much about you. But even more your response to these struggles say so much more. They tell me you are a fighter, and you still are not giving up on your dreams. Many people often give up in hard times and it takes a lot from a person to overcome the fears of failing, but you haven’t and I think that is something very admirable. Thank you for this.

  13. Coughlin / Johnson Family says

    I like how you use rhyming and repetition to write this poem; it flows really nicely. Good word choices, figurative language and imagery! Your words are inspiring and it painted a picture. Keep on writing!

  14. Lynne Heneson says

    What a powerful poem! Your use of rhyme is very effective and drives the rhythm of the poem. The theme reminds me of the philosopher Rene Descartes’ statement, “I think, therefore I am.” In this poem, you not only think but express deep emotions. Well done! Lynne

  15. Very positive Affirmation Thanks for sharing

  16. BB—I think that is a wonderful poem!!! Keep on writing and keep believing. I am so sorry for the things you have suffered. Remember that there are others who care-me included. Be safe and continue to express yourself. ❤️

  17. Elizabeth Diaz says

    What a powerful poem. What I took from it is that as humans, we are bound to make mistakes. It is a part of being alive, but what matters is what we do to correct them. Through this poem, I can feel that you are someone who chooses to have a positive mindset. I picture you as someone who had a rough past but now wants to leave that behind. I appreciate the simplicity of the poem. It is simple but powerful. Great job. It inspires me to write my own poetry on who I am. Thank you

  18. Dear BB
    Your poem “I AM” is beautiful and powerful and full of wisdom about life.
    It shows how much you are reflecting on your own life and it makes me
    understand more about my own.
    Keep on writing poetry. It is a great gift that you are sharing.

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