I want to be like Frida Kahlo.
Daring and brilliant and accepting of my face.
A good comrade.
I want to be like John Steinbeck.
Living with eyes open and fingers on the keyboard.
(But sans the cigarettes.)
I want to be like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
Or maybe just have her voice.
I want to be like the nameless woman in Helsinki who gave us directions and a gentle, caring smile.
I want to be like Robert Ingersoll.
Blending truth with poetry.
Taking a stand.
I want to be like my great-grandmother.
Creating a family nest so warm, so simple.
Wearing my hands ragged with labors of love.
I want to be all of them, stitched together in a quilt of imperfect humanity.
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SnapDragon is a person living on Planet Earth.