two girls in class

From the moment I first felt alive
I felt everything.
I touched and smelled everything
I wanted.
I thought about things I wanted
To think about.
My body moved where I wanted
It to move
I felt happiness, sadness.
I understood other’s pain.
From the moment I first felt alive
I started changing my life:
From dirty to clean,
Away from savagery,
Away from illiteracy.
I became the inventor
Of my own life,
Began exploring the world
And what I am in it
And why.
I faced my problems,
Changed the world
With my mind.
I proved to myself exactly what I am,
What we all are:
Humans, creatures
Of God. 
By Seema

Photo by David Snyder/ Counterpart International