Make good grades they said
Study hard they said
Volunteer they said
Get into the right college they said
Join clubs they said
Apply for that loan, it’ll pay off they said
They didn’t say what to do when they fail us
When they make decisions based on them and not on us
Vote for us. We’ll bring change. We’ll help, they said.
But how can they help us when they can’t work together.
Fighting like kids on the playground.
But that’s fine. Let them fight
And we’ll work like always.
We’ll survive like always.
We’ll solve our own problems like always.
Because we are clever
We are talented
We are trailblazers
We are genuine
We don’t buy lies
We don’t follow blindly after our ears have been seduced by lyrical speeches.
We are creative
We are fighters
We are survivors
We are brave
We are American.