It's Hard to Keep Talking

I struggled to write about the idea of American Creed because it's a topic that everybody hears of so many times throughout school. To express personal opinions can only happen so many times. This piece conveys how repetitive it is to keep putting a unique spin on the idea.

By Jalen J. from Project Citizen in Connecticut

It’s hard to talk about the American Creed

because it’s already been talked about

so much already

And I find myself

explaining

the same things to

the same type of people

The people that

nodded and smiled and told me

that I was right

Not the people who

told me how my words could be spun

by people who

wanted to hear something different.

Or the kind that

could prepare me

for when I was met with

Ignorance

and denial

instead of the smiles

and nods that I was used to.

And quite frankly, I’m fed up

that there are people

who are more

than just stubborn

or prideful

It’s hard to talk about America’s problems

when I’ve already said

what I’ve had to say.

But the minds that matter

won’t change

because no matter

how many times I

speak,

or how loud,

they won’t listen because I’m not saying

what they want to hear.

And I’m fed up

with talking about America

because I don’t know

how to keep talking

without losing my voice.

Project Citizen

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Project Citizen is a youth writing lab that is offered as part of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. The mission of Project Citizen is to empower young writers to engage in issues of social and political importance through a variety of genres in order to both find their voice and to become fully realized citizens in our democracy. Project Citizen brings together students from school districts and towns in Fairfield county that represent a variety of economic, racial, ethnic, and religious demographic groups in an effort to break down the "zip code apartheid" that stands in the way of true collaborative learning.

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Writing Our Future: American Creed is part of the National Writing Project’s family of youth publishing projects, all gathered under the Writing Our Future initiative.

Writing Our Future projects are designed by educators for educators and the young people they work with. Intended for use in schools, libraries, and other educational settings. All projects are COPPA compliant and educator-managed. NWP is committed to supporting young people’s writing and civic participation by providing a safe and supportive environment for youth writing, media creation, sharing, and publishing.