I Am Free by Kate G. - 3rd Place, 7th-8th Grade Category

The lights,
The silence,
My racing heart.
Music fills The room
As I take my place
On the open stage.
Who am I?
Where am I?
I’m not me
‘Cause I’m no longer in reality
I’m in a fantasy world,
Somewhere far from real.
Pouring my heart
Into songs and lines,
Not caring who’s watching,
Who’s laughing at me.
I can be someone different
When I’m on that stage.
Someone fierce,
Someone brave,
Someone lively.
Yes, I am me,
But I’m not who I seem
Because when I’m on that stage,
I Am Free.

-- Kate G.