POETRY

I can’t and I won’t

A message to my muse

Sydney Duke Richey
Scrittura
Published in
1 min readMar 12, 2024

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I can’t and I won’t
be the person
you want me to be

the person
you think I should be
the person who isn’t me

that. person. isn’t. me.

so, listen closely

I will continue to be
the person I am
the person I want to be

the person I fought to be

take it or leave it
take me or leave me

take or leave
the “me” that I am
the true me

the me you hate
the me you despise

I can’t and I won’t
be the person
you want me to be

I can’t and I won’t be you

Sydney Duke Richey March 2024

Sydney Duke Richey writes from the heart. Inspired by everyday experiences, her poems, haiku, and non-fiction come from a slice of her life.
Sydney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She has two children and two grandchildren.

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Sydney Duke Richey
Scrittura

Writing from the heart, I’m inspired by everyday experiences. My poems, haiku and non-fiction come from a slice of my life. *Top Writer in Poetry*