Myiah Smith is a native Washingtonian and a sophomore at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying Culture and Politics. She graduated from The SEED College-Prep Boarding School as Valedictorian in 2016. Throughout her
education, Myiah has enjoyed languages, culture and performance art. As a DC SCORES alumna, she recognizes the importance and practicality of the arts and enjoys theater, singing, songwriting and poetry. As a freshman, Myiah starred in “Wind Me Up: Maria!”, a Go-Go Musical at Georgetown University. Myiah continues to pursue her passion for performance and hopes to utilize it in her future career of international service. This is the third poem in Myiah’s series “Identity & Environment.” The first, “Dark Money,” is about the American political climate and the tendency to complain without taking action to create change. The second, “I Am the Painter,” is about selfadvocacy and self-love. This last poem is about intersectionality and how Myiah’s identity and urban backdrop impact her sense of self-worth and perspective. All three seek to push readers to question themselves and the systems they see.