Growing up were you ever told,
that you were no good,
maybe not in so many words,
but the message was understood.
No praise forthcoming,
no matter what you achieved,
left your spirits dampened,
and feelings aggrieved.
As you got older, did you ignore the negativity?
or like me did it extinguish your creativity?
No belief that you could amount to something,
you were just another statistic,
who would be remembered for nothing?
Is it now too late to open up your mind?
and realize your potential was there,
it was just hard to find.