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Poetry on Odyssey: 19

In almost two decades of living, I have learned quite a lot.

Poetry on Odyssey: 19
Ashley Beronja

Hello, my name is Ashley and I just recently had my birthday this month, May 13 to be exact. Throughout my 19 years of living, I have learned quite a lot, like many others have. While I am still learning, the things I have learned will guide me throughout my life forever.


It seems almost to unreal to be 19,

Having been on this Earth for almost

Two decades.

Things have changed throughout those 19 years.

I have grown from child to adult,

Sister to friend,

Acquaintance to daughter,

Many titles and many new roles.

In my 19 years on this planet, I have learned

A lot from not just my family and friends,

But the mistakes people on this world has made.

I have learned to become more vocal in opinions.

No longer do I worry about being “too young” or

“Too anxious” to say what needs to be said...

Because what I have to say matters.

In my 19 years on this planet, I have learned

That family doesn’t end with blood.

Thank you, Bobby Singer, for that one.

My family isn’t perfect and just because we share

The same DNA does not mean anything.

The friends I have made are closer to me than

Many of my own bloodline...

And that is okay.

I have lived on this world for almost two decades

And unfortunately I have seen it go down.

But instead of being the generation to sit and

Wonder what I could have done,

I plan on being the generation to fix mistakes.

In my 19 years on this planet, I have learned

That our only shot at fixing this mess, is us.

No longer will I sit back and watch as our

World, our Home, our Lives, be destroyed by

The very thing that created it.


In the next 19 years, I hope to take what I have

Learned from growing up-

How to be kind, make the right choices, stand up

For myself, and more,

Be the pathway to saving our world, no matter

If I am alone or not in this fight.

These 19 years of living has taught me that now is

Not the time to be selfish. To not hold grudges.

Now is the time to work together and save our

Home before it is too late to do it.

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