I wrote this poem for my friend, Sara, because she was upset about being "different." Also for everyone else who have been left out due to their "differences."

This poem originally was published in Poems on Life

Different
How are we so "different"?
If "different" is just a thing.
If we all have certain features,
What does "different" bring?

People filled with hatred,
Can't possibly see,
That there's not really "differences"
Between you and me.

Looks can't show "difference",
If they're just there to be seen.
If you don't look like someone else,
Why are they so mean?

If being "different" is what is wrong,
I'd rather not be right.
And I'd want to finish living,
Doing the "different" fight.

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  • leah
    i really liked this poem because it sort of described me, and i can relate to the author. i wish more people were like vincen, and didn't care about what people consider 'normal' and following the masses.
  • jessica
    good poems
  • Vanessa
    I first read this poem and could only think of my friend that I just met. He is in a rehab center for mental instability. His life has been filled with pain and agony and by making a friend in me I have changed his life. So this poem is a brief summarization of his life. I made him realize that there is a bright side to life and that I will continue to be there for him until the end.
  • lauren
    I really liked your poem, i included it in an essay i wrote on individuality.
  • kristen
    i so like this keep writing poemes like this one this makes me feel better when coming back from school 'cause where i live there is no one who is black and they tease me all the time . but i know that my mom loves me and she is no different from them please tell me more about you and work
  • Hannah
    Dear Author, I am in a alternitive program called Options. A boy just left the program because he was picked on and called names that i cannot even write. I admit i was apart of that, but now that he's gone i feel so guilty. The point is that our teacher talked to us about how we are always saying that the regular kids treat us "different". It made me feel like such a hypocrite because it was true. We were always complaining about it, and then we go and be mean to someone in our own class because he is "different". This poem really helped me understand some of the feelings that boy might have been feeling. I am going to read this poem to my class. It's a beautiful poem. I think it helps people to see that they are special no matter what there skin tone is whether the have an accent or freckles. Whether they think they are fat or ugly. They are unique. Sincerely, Hannah age 12 Bob's 5th and 6th grade class
  • Tchanavia
    this poem remines me of my self because im very diffrent from alot of people and some times i feel like i should change my self but this poem made me realize that i can be me.
  • Amber
    This is a poem I sought without completely knowing what it was I was seeking. It's a poem that can be related to, and relate I do. I hope that you won't mind me sharing this with others I know, and perhaps one day I'll be able to write a poem that someone else has been seeking without intent.
  • teresa
    your poem was so cute it made me cry
  • Nancy Mi
    I agree. No one person can totally be like another person. It's ok to feel self-conscious at times, but don't start to hate yourself or come down hard on yourself because you're 'different'. The person to dislike are the people that tell you it's bad to be different. Individuality is a good thing. Individuality is what runs this world.
  • cez
    This is one of the best i have ever read! i love it!
  • nail
    THIS POEM IS X CELLENT! IM DOING A POETRY RECITATION IN SCHOOL, AND I'M DEFINETLY PICKING THIS ONE 2 RECITE! IT HAS SUCH GREAT MEANING - ITS NUMBER ONE ON MY LIST!
  • liz
    this poem is a wonderful touching, poem. it really brings out the feeling about being left behind and not knowing what to do. great job Vincen!
  • Terri
    This poem is excellent! It is a poem that many teenagers should read. It's important to treat others fairly - equally. I truly believe this poem is true in life.
  • Isamba
    The poem speaks out what alot of people who accept each other as they are, rather than looking at the differences in colour or religions or in opinions and ways of doing things. I'm one of those persons and the poem speaks that out for me. It's a very beautiful poem and I wish a lot of people could be more a ware of this issue.
  • patti
    I truly found this poem touching for I have friend's that have been a little different and I would rather be different myself then to be cruel.
  • Christina
    This poem makes alot of sense. It actually opens up your eyes and lets you look at "different" in a whole "different" perspective.
  • Michelle
    My FAVORITE poem! Im differnt myself and if different was a crime well bring it on! Different is just a thing cause everyone IS different and no one is the same there for be differnt and be proud!
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