What is Identity?

Identity is a changeable thing,
Though rooted in the past,
It ebbs and flows with time and age,
A collective of life experiences,
Detailing how we've grown last.

Identity's a powerful thing,
It can be morphed to fit,
The different roles one is assigned,
The environment or the time lived in,
Helps to shape a new identity bit by bit.

A multitude of intensities,
It's a jumble of perspectives,
Forces interact over years
Conflicting ideas and inner fears,
A complex concoction of variations make one unique.

Identity is not singular,
It grows and cultivates,
A multi-faceted mask of sorts,
Personas handcrafted through
Certain choices and tortuous thoughts.

--Kendell X., 9th-12th Grade