AwareNow: Issue 7: The Return Edition

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ORIGINAL POEM BY AUBREE DANIELLE

I BREATHE FOR YOU A POETIC PAUSE

“Sometimes a 1 minute and 54 second poem, when honest and unrehearsed, can say more than an hour long speech that is scripted and polished. Thank you, Aubree, for sharing your words and your voice.” - Jack M. My name is Aubree Danielle. I am an 18-year-old, student, entrepreneur, poet, and aspiring human rights activist. I began my writing journey with my poem titled “What If We All Just Were?” written in 2018. This was a time in my life where I felt so deeply alone, I did not know how to express myself, so I wrote down my feelings in one of the most beautiful art forms - poetry. Little did I know this would change the course of my life forever. With the recent police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain (all of which have not received justice), In the middle of a restless night I felt compelled to write my poem “I Breathe For You” and post it on my social media to express how I feel. I was nervous at first to post it and almost deleted it simply because of fear but as I captioned the post “I was scared of judgment and repetitiveness when in reality that’s exactly what we need #blacklivesmatter”. In sharing this I received thousands of views, shares, and messages saying how my words changed people’s lives. All I have ever wanted is to help people and I believe I am doing exactly this by no longer muting myself to make others comfortable. I am currently a business major at Virginia State University and with this degree, I will teach young entrepreneurial-minded women to discover and monetize their creative passions. Through my work, I hope to give a voice to those who no longer have one.

I BREATHE FOR YOU AN ORIGINAL POEM BY AUBREE DANIELLE

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