I am Federal Way
Mistaken and forsaken
Birthplace of trouble
Homes of games and gangs
They say I am rough for they have seen the crimes
They say I am cold for they have seen the rain and snow
They say I am scary for they have seen my history
But this is when I say to them,
Give me the name of a city where the community is stronger and the bonds are tighter.
Give me the name of a city with more friends that make amends
Give me the name of a city that is brighter with the heart of a fighter
Surely I am not a comparison to the Emerald or its lesser stone,
And to say I am a diamond in the rough would be a bluff, but to say I am a gem is enough.
Austin Brooks, Federal Way