H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2000-2001.

Professor
E. R. B
RAITHWAITE

Faces & Voices 4
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Arrogance or Confidence
By Tiffany Chanel Norwood
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major/School: Biology/Pre – Med
Contact: tcnorwood@aol.com

There’s a fine line between
Arrogance and Confidence – you decide.
Because I hold my head high,
Because I walk tall,
Because you cut me with your words,
And I don’t fall,
Arrogance or Confidence––you decide.
When I walk into a room and all conversation ceases,
When I turn the corner and your eyes cut me to pieces,
When instead of imitating, you want to mar my slate,
Because I can still smile at you,
But you can’t stand to see my face,
Arrogance or Confidence – you decide.
It’s not my fault,
That’s just the way it is,
Because, I can handle myself,
And I can handle my business,
Arrogance or Confidence – you decide.
Because I know that I know my stuff,
And I know that I know it well,
You just sit around, waiting for me to fail,
Guess what? It won’t happen!
Arrogance or Confidence – you decide.
It’s ok for you to despise me,
Even though there’s no reason why,
Just remember,
There’s a thin line between
Arrogance and Confidence –
YOU decide.

© 2001 Tiffany Chanel Norwood


© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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