I Am Somebody

By Novid Shaid, 2011

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I am somebody.    Jesse Jackson.

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I may be an alien

Someone who doesn’t look right

I may be whiter than snow

Or my skin blacker than the night

My face may repulse you

You shudder at my sight,

But  I am still, SOMEBODY

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I may wrap my head with a scarf

Or wear scary eye shadow

My ways may seem strange

You might find me shallow

I may not fit in

To your perception so narrow

But I am still SOMEBODY

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My eyes may be blue

Or brown like the bark of a tree

My hair may be ginger

I may have knobbly knees

My legs may be crippled

My hands kind of diseased

But I am still, SOMEBODY

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I may be a pauper

Not a penny to my name

Or a criminal, a convict

Who drops his head full of shame

My mum may be a junkie

And my dad rotting in jail

But I am still, SOMEBODY

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I may be an immigrant

Or a fleeing refugee

Or a travelling boy

A prisoner in my own country

My house may have been bulldozed

My land forbidden to me

But I am still, SOMEBODY.

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So I won’t let NOBODY

Make me feel down

I won’t let NOBODY

Drive me out of town

I won’t let NOBODY

Make me feel small

I won’t let NOBODY

Break down my walls

Because I am, SOMEBODY

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And I will help ANYBODY

Who feels like giving up

I will help ANYBODY

Who feels out of their luck

I will help ANYBODY

Who doesn’t feel right

I will help ANYBODY

Who can’t see any light

Because they are, SOMEBODY.

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And together we will all fight

Fear and ignorance

And together we will all face

Pain and predicaments

And together we will all feel

Peace and tolerance

Because we are all SOMEBODY.

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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