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Grades 9–10
Poetry
Writing

An Indescribable Place

by Samantha Wint, Grade 9, 826 Valencia

Samantha Wint wants to be a doctor and pursue her own hospital. She is the definition of idependent. She is from the hot sandy beaches of Kingston, Jamaica, and the carnivals in Camaguey, Cuba. She is that same girl who grew up in the Bay. All her struggles and accomplishments caused her to be the person she is today. She wants to help people and show them that the world is not just black and white, it can also be filled with color.

I am the definition of self-made. From my open-minded spirit like the valleys in California that go on and on for years to my independence like a lion queen running her pack. I am that same girl who grew up in bipolar weather, with the large buildings that touch the big fluffy clouds filled with so much emotion, to the volleyball court where I find my peace. My smile brings joy and describes me in many wonderful ways, a beautiful represenetation of two completely different cultures. One represents my fierce Spanish when it rolls off my tongue como el polvo picante entakis mezclado con salsa. The way I dance rumba like I’m at a Carnival that gives life to eveyone’s heart. The other represents my kindhearted spirit like red camellias blooming on the first day of spring. My ability to adapt to different situations like I’m in the middle of rain and shine.

I cannot be described as one thing. I am many different things that bring several emotions to others around me because I am the definition of an indescribable place.

 

This piece was originally published in 826 National’s original publication, A Place Worth Being.

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