The predominant theme in this inspiring poem is pride. The speaker is clearly proud of her identity and expresses this by conveying her positive self-esteem in various ways throughout the poem. For example, she states in stanza two
I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
This is an affirmative declaration in which the speaker asserts that she walks like someone with great wealth, which means she holds an upright posture and does not slouch out of embarrassment or shame. She walks with dignity, proud of her identity. She is confident and assertive. The allusion
to someone with great wealth is confirmed in stanza five when the speaker says the following:
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
The wealth the speaker alludes to is not material but symbolic. She is a gold mine or an oil well—her wealth lies in her personhood. Her identity is what enriches her and makes her proud. She is proud of who she is, and those who cannot deal with the...
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