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Ambitious Girl

A poem by Arianna Louie

She is an ambitious girl.
AND. Ambitious girls do not falter. They do not hesitate. They do not pause.
The world is empty, waiting for their footprint.
If she can’t do it, no one else can.
You see, pure spite to touch the wings of success is pushing her legs to never stop walking.
Or maybe, it’s the fear that she’ll fall too far behind another pair of legs.
No, she’ll never let that happen.
Because ambitious girls do not “not know”. They’re years in advance, secure in their future. If they demand it, the world will cede to her. If they push till their bodies are riddled in anxiety and their eyes burn from the late nights, the world will cede to her. If they charge with all their might and when they can’t understand why they can’t sleep in on weekends, the world will cede to her.
BUT. The world faltered. It hesitated. It paused.
Perhaps, ambition doesn’t make the world turn, like she thought. Maybe, the world grows weary from the weight of her footprints. Maybe, the world will break before she could even trample it or maybe she’ll break from her trampling before the world tries collapsing. Maybe, she should’ve faltered and hesitated and paused for a moment to catch her breath before she screamed her demands.
Maybe, ambitious girls were doomed from the start.

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