Because I am strong, forged in
the pressures of struggle and birth,
of needing to fight for
Because I am pure, unblemished
by color, fault, vice, hurt,
jealousy, pride. . .
because I sparkle.
Because I will last this way forever.
Because I will scatter light wherever
I go, bringing reflection, refraction,
Because I like to think I am a diamond.
May 28, 2009