I don’t need to be where everyone else is.

I don’t need to be where everyone else isn’t.

I want to stand wherever I am, for I feel no need to compare myself to others.

I am me.
And that doesn’t need changing.


I should probably leave her poem isolated, let it stand alone, to showcase her inner self. Though it wouldn't give me the opportunity to spotlight her fully. And it'd be a complete misfortune for all of you if you were deprived of her story. So screw deprivation... as a poet laureate of her school, an advocate for the prevention of sex trafficking, an up and coming photographer, and an ambitious "to- do list crosser offer", Murphy Mcgary achieves more than most. With a willful demeanor, she demands to be heard, and she should. Her poetry is dynamic and provokes thinking, her work with Streetlight to raise awareness for the prevention of sex trafficking should be heralded, her photography is grabbing and is maturing rapidly, and her list of 25 things to do with her mom before she graduates is admirable and hilarious (just to highlight her list: She plans to trapeze, devour chocolate crickets, see broadway, and visit far off beaches). In my mind, her most shining moment came when a spontaneous rain (which is usually the most exhilarating type of rain) washed away an hour of sidewalk chalking over night, wrecking our plans of an incredibly original and epic idea, and leaving me shocked and with a "you've got to be kidding me attitude". But she was rather resolute. She simply pacified the situation, and remaining collected, she told me, "no prob, we'll just scrap it." See this is a girl worth spotlighting. This is Murphy Mcgary.

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