(Written December 2002, at age 15.)
When I do not understand something,
And I need guidance,
I feel my parents,
Always there, always making sense.
When I need to learn something new,
And I need to draw inspiration,
I feel my teachers -
Forever-helping pillars of education.
When I need a shoulder to cry on,
When I can't find my soul,
I feel my friends,
Completing me, making me whole.
And when I feel my parents, my teachers, my friends,
And I achieve something after much strife,
I feel myself,
So lucky to have the gift of life.