Jun 05


I always dreamed of finding
a hidden door in my closet
or under the stairs
that would take me to a new world
with unicorns and dragons
and centaurs and fairies
and fauns and talking animals
and I could be a hero.
I could be strong and brave
and smart and beautiful.
I guess I didn't realize
I could be those in real life.
Jun 05


i find myself
watching plants
and marveling
at how
photosynthesis works
the photons
exciting electrons
to make them jump

down the
electron transport chain
along the thylakiod membrane

and water is split
so that the electron
from the water
can replace the
electron lost

and the energy
from the movement
of the electrons
is used to produce

to be used
in the dark reaction

where carbon dioxide
is added and
two turns of the calvin cycle

churns out C6H12O6
a chemical form
of energy

to be used in
cellular respiration
which i also find

from this
i have concluded that
plants are actually
ruling the world
after all
May 31

Baby Skin

May 22


Thank you
for telling me
that by the time
I reached high school
I'd start
straightening my hair.
It made me refuse to for years
simply out of spite.
It made me compliment
every curl I saw
because I was determined
to love my hair
and make every girl love hers.

Thank you
for not loving my hair,
you made me love it,
even if it was just out of spite
for a while.
May 20

Lessons From School

Editor's Note: This piece is also featured May 25 as a top read on Medium.com! See it in YWP's The Crow on Medium.

I have been taught many things in school this year
including, but not exclusive to,
how photosynthesis and cellular respiration work on a molecular level,
the U.S. debt on May 10, 2018 at about 9:40 was roughly $21,145,528,000,000.00,
how to create a short story,
how to take the derivative and anti derivative of an equation,
what a sonnet is,
how to do a turn in attitude,

and the best strategies to survive a school shooting.
The best of which seems to be not being at school.
But here are some more, for those of you that don't already know.

    1) Get to the nearest classroom or secure space and lock the door.
    2) Stay against a wall or on the floor.
May 16


May 15


I used to pick Dandelions for Mom
to put in vases
just like all the other pretty flowers.

I used to pick Dandelions
because their bright yellow
was too cheerful to ignore.

But I was told they are weeds
too many times to count
and I stopped picking them,
stopped noticing their sunshine.

Today I looked down
and found once again that the sun
could grow from the earth
when Rain decides
to chase the light from the sky.
Apr 09


I almost cried when I learned
you'd be going to Missouri.
I knew it was coming
that this year must come to an end
and then we'd separate to go to different colleges
and pursue different dreams,
but I've been with you since preschool
and it didn't become real until just now.
I don't know who I'll be without you here
always standing at my side.
But I do know I'll always love you,
that's what happens when you're
best friends with someone for fourteen years.
Apr 09

The Gift of Snow

I'd like to be able to give those
that have never experienced snow

the feeling of snowflakes
caught in eyelashes

the beauty of snow adding
layers of thickness to a mane of hair

the magic that comes when
the sun shines while it is snowing

the illusion of fairy dust coating
the ground on a sunny day

I'd like to give the gift
of the joys of snow
Mar 21


I eat my M&M's
by color.

Before your death
I ate the red and yellow first
and then the orange
then blue,
and green last because
green is my favorite color.

It has been almost eleven years
since I started eating orange last.
Orange was your favorite color.