In the show, Ginny, a biracial Black teenager, signs up to perform at an open mic night in her new hometown. She experiences social anxieties about being in the spotlight and sharing her personal writing publicly. However, Ginny finds poetry to be a helpful emotional outlet as she processes her complex family dynamics, her mixed racial identity, and the recent major life changes of moving to a new place.
When it’s Ginny’s turn at the mic, she quietly takes the stage. As she unfolds her poem filled with intimate thoughts, the crowd listens silently, rapt with attention. Read or listen full Ginny’s poem below!
Ginny’s Full Poem in Ginny & Georgia
Am I too old to hide under the bed?
I’m stuck in a storm
But the storm’s in my head
All I see is lightning
All I hear is thunder
Just one boom coming one after the other I once was blind, but now I see
The blindfolds folds have unfolded from me
But try as I might to close my eyes
And shut them tight and go back to black To not knowing, to trust
Because now that I know I know what I must do for you
What you’ve made me be
And I’d give anything to wash it away
Scrub and scrub that damn spot out
But you can’t wash off a tattoo
Because now, you see, I’m culpable too
I gnash and gnarl and gnaw until I’m raw
My vocal cords vibrating
With vicious and vital truths
That I need to speak
That you need to hear
My tongue undulating
With the undue burden of silence
But the sound chokes back into my throat
A hard swollen lump I swallow down
They say mother knows best
But what if there are things Mother doesn’t know?
Like if she can braid your hair
But still stans Scarlett O’Hara
You always say I am your reflection
But I can’t hide behind your smile
And from where I’m standing
We’re on opposite sides of mirrored glass
Me and you against the world?
But the world is out to get me
In ways you can never know or feel
So how can you know it’s real?
I am sick of suffering in silence
Today, I will stomp and scream and shout
Until every word inside of me is out
Just by knowing, by seeing
That was my agreeing
My hands wet, once clean
Dirty with sins I don’t mean
Words I didn’t say, dragons I didn’t slay
I inherit the sin
And I become the monster
That I was born from
As a fan of poetry myself, I found Ginny’s poem incredibly moving and relatable. The writers skillfully conveyed her inner emotional world and gave voice to experiences that often go unheard.
While I can’t share specifics, what struck me most was the poem’s depiction of a complex mother-daughter relationship and Ginny’s struggle to be seen for who she is. The scene highlighted poetry’s power to help make sense of life’s complexities.
I admire the show’s willingness to authentically explore topics like identity and family dynamics that many of us grapple with but rarely see depicted on screen. Ginny’s courage to share her true self through verse felt so human and real.
As the audience took in her words in silence, I was reminded of poetry’s ability to foster understanding between people with very different backgrounds and perspectives. I’m thankful when any TV show, movie or book nurtures more compassion in that way.
I’d be curious to hear your take on the scene and how you related to Ginny’s poem, while avoiding reproducing protected material. Please feel free to share your perspective!