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Survey Me

written by: devereaux frazier



Survey me
a seventeen year old black teen
You cannot surprise me
but I may surprise upon being seen
On the outside
simple but happy I may seem
but on the inside
the life I thought I would live is nothing more than a dream
I hate
the idea that I am reclusive and seem
to be high on my own thoughts
a self-medicating dream
is everything, and nothing, that it seems
but once was a curse
turned into an impossible dream
The truth is that
since becoming a teen
I have changed my thoughts
I want to be seen
because what I want to see
is for others like me to achieve their dreams
Appreciate me
for what I have become
Don’t follow me
for I’m not the only one

devereaux frazier

devereaux frazier

Curator of his own poetry blog - marylandpoetblog on wordpress, Devereaux is also a regular contributor to Blood Into Ink, sharing his stories about survival and overcoming adversity. He’s also a Guest Barista for Go Dog Go Cafe, a collective of writers in the online community.
His work is regularly featured on SpillWords.com, where he was nominated for the May Publication of the Month in 2017. You can also find him on Literary Arts Review and Teen Ink, the latter of which published him in their monthly magazine in 2016.
When he’s not working as an Active Seller at IKEA Baltimore, Devereaux can be found reading or interacting with readers on his various platforms, mainly WordPress and Instagram. Reaching new readers and connecting with poets and writers across the web is one of the reasons why he writes. There’s no use in writing if it can’t be shared to uplift and inspire.
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