I Really Don’t Know

By D’Nell

I come from a long line of soldiers
We are as tough as a rope
I grew up in Stanton Oaks
They call me D’Nell
Because I’m real like steel
When I come around
It’s like I never left
My voice sounds like smooth jazz
It’s as mellow as a Sunday
My eyes are as brown as dirt
Right now my life is like hell
My future is as real as it can get

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  1. Patrick on March 11, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    This is an amazing piece of writing. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Keep writing. -Pat

  2. Hayley on April 13, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    Hi D’Nell,

    I really liked the honesty of this poem. The title made me want to read it because I thought it could be about anything. I like the way you describe the many facets of yourself; you’re tough, but your voice sounds like smooth jazz. I’d be interested in knowing what else you learn about yourself in the future, and I hope your life isn’t like hell forever. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to examine myself: what am I sure of and what’s uncertain.

  3. Kayelynn on April 14, 2020 at 3:57 PM


    I like the self-awareness of your poem. You know where you come from and you’ve acknowledge what you’ve been through. Thank you for your honesty!

  4. Jocelyn Matos on April 28, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Thank you for your service. We appreciate you!

  5. kassidilenae on June 12, 2020 at 1:49 PM


    Thank you for taking the time to share this! I admire the strength you describe in your poem. Hold on to this strength, and your future is sure to be bright.

    Keep writing!

  6. Clifford on November 20, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    D’Nell, this is a great piece of work. I can envision how you look by the words in your poem.

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