Mar 18

To all the people who hate Muslims

To all the people who hate Muslims.

Do I scare you? They call it Islamophobia after all.

Do I scare you? Does my family scare you?

Let me give you a summary of us, in case you didn’t really know us all that well.

Me,
Standing at about 5 foot 2 inches,
With big, bushy, fuzzy hair
And a penchant for zoning out and
Always having graphite-stained fingers.

My sister,
10 years old, who once made
Her own little snack dispenser
Out of a cardboard box and some tape.

My father,
Who makes us pancakes in the mornings,
Who loves gardening and prides himself
On making food out of our own vegetables
In the summers.

My mother,
Who drinks more tea than seems humanly possible
who’s just finishing up her dissertation now,
And loves dancing to any song, anywhere.

Are you scared of us? Because that seems a little silly at this point, doesn’t it?
Mar 06

a little bit human

There is no such thing
as good and evil, 
nothings ever so black and white. 

and I'll tell you why. 

Everyone has a different side to the story, 
and the things they do may be horrific, 
it's true, but everyone does it for a reason, 
you did something horrific too. 

Wars are waged and some people lost, 
we said they were evil, we said we were nice, 
we seem to forget that we killed people too, 
all the fathers and mothers they never 
came home to. 

There is no such thing 
as good and evil 
nothing's ever so black and white.

and I'll tell you why. 

Everything hurts, 
we're all a little weak 
even though we might hide it with
iron and steel, 
you have to consider you might be the villain
of somebody else's story too. 

And we know that some people were bad,
we know they did wrong, 
Feb 26

I see heroes

I see heroes.

I see the girl who shoots fire,
her hands are burned a charcoal black
and everything she touches comes away smudged,
the pain in her eyes as the flames rip out of her hands
is big and burning but no one ever sees it.
because heroes are invincible.

I see the boy who controls water,
he can tell you best what it feels like to drown,
to feel the water clog up every part of you
before it all comes rushing out,
to feel like a towel
all wrung out, but her will never speak.
because heroes are invincible.

I see the girl who shoots lightning,
she is thrumming with energy all through her veins,
touch her and all the hair stands on end,
she can tell you what the
inside of an supernova feels like,
but she’ll keep it to herself,
because heroes are invincible.

I see the boy with the robot parts,
he can always hear the whirring inside his ears,
Feb 14

Bloody call

I call you,
My brothers,
To die.

I call you to spill your blood
Across the thirsty ground
So we may grow freedom
From the seeds you planted.

I call you to march ahead
And face your deaths
With heads held high and
Eyes of steel.

I call you to be pasted across
The posters,
Decorating mourning cities
Years after your deaths.

I call you to watch your friends
Be blasted apart,
See the last light leave them
In their final breaths.

I call you to be mourned
By those who live,
Missing limbs,
Missing friends,
Missing love,
Missing joy,
Wanting death with hungry eyes.

I call you, my sisters,
To feel the rage
Burning up inside you as
You take up arms,
Sometimes open,
Sometimes in disguise,
To defend what you feel is right.

I call you, my sisters,
To mourn those who left
Feb 08

we are the immigrants

all these politicians say immigrant. 
immigrant 
immigrant 
immigrant
in all these different ways. 

but they don't know what it's really like. 

Being an immigrant is
looking around you
in concerts, plays, graduations and seeing 
grandparents
uncles 
aunts 
cousins
and knowing that it will never be that way
for you. 

Being an immigrant is being sick to your stomach
at airports 
at the border
because you know that there 
will always be a problem with where
you're from.

Being an immigrant is being afraid of 
losing your
language
family 
culture
because there aren't that many people around you
that speak the same language, 
feel the same way. 

Being an immigrant is looking at the 
news
stories
flickering TV lights
with terror because you don't want to hear 
Jan 23

Beautiful cracked everything nothing

cracked girl, 
tell me your secrets, 
how you spill your nourishing water
through the splits
helping people grow,
but never keeping enough for yourself. 

forced girl, 
tell me your secrets,
how you shoved 
and filled in all the empty places with gold
so that they wouldn't see 
all the nothing that haunted you when you breathed. 

hair girl, 
tell me your secrets
how you grew to hate
the kinks that swirled from your scalp,
blooming when given water and warmth, 
that they were the symbols
of everything that was different. 

deep girl, 
tell me your secrets,
how you see  
the beauty in yourself in picture after picture, 
not minding how others snicker, 
and say that you are vain.

full girl, 
tell me your secrets,
how your curves
roll like the hills our ancestors used to roam,
flowers blooming at the splits,
Jan 10

take a right turn

My head is in the clouds, it’s true,
but wouldn’t you rather be here too,
floating above everything that everyone says
you can’t do.

Where colors mix with words
and you can see the glorious patterns
of brushstrokes floating in the sky,
connecting what we thought we knew and
what we don’t.

Where the stars are so much sharper,
but we always look beyond,
into the darkness that doesn’t want to be defined,
making homes in the blankets of galaxies and
nebulae.

Where our dreams are not scorned,
and tapestries of all our ideas weave together
in a cloth of genius that people will only understand
after we are six feet under.

so let go of your sanity,
that fragile thread and then
come wander with us
in a place the others can’t see
because their minds are so confined
by what’s possible and what’s not.

we’ll jump over the clutters
Jan 03

Poems

If I was a poem 
I would be ...

A slam poetry punch 
that cuts across people's skin
and digs into their souls. 

I would be written on the pages 
of a worn notebook, 
used so much that 
it's almost falling apart. 

I would be written by someone 
forced silent, 
spilling their heart onto their empty 
pages. 

If I was a poem, 
I would burn bright like a flame, 
lighting a fire in people's minds,
getting rid of that 
ugly, ugly, dark. 

If I was a poem, 
the handwriting would be messy, 
sprawling across the page 
in anger and grief and joy. 

I wish I was a poem,
I wish I was simply the result 
of a thought that
turned into so much more.

I wish I was the outpouring of a heart, 
the torrential rains of emotion bringing 
me into life just to rip the 
cloth that was restricting people from speaking. 
Dec 28

See me

There's a little piece of me
tucked into every book,
a little piece of worn soul
snuggled safely into the words,

A little piece of me that wept
when the characters in my mind dies,
a little bit that laughed at their snark,
a little bit that was frustrated at their inability
to be real.

There's a little piece of me
displayed in every movie,
a little piece of believer
splashed across the screen.

A little piece of me that
fell in love with the pain in their eyes
a little bit that rooted for them as they fought
a little bit understood the villain, cheered him on
a little bit that wished they were here
a little bit that broke when
the ending credits rolled on.

There's a little piece of me
woven into every poem,
a little piece of open heart
hidden in the verses.

A little piece of me that
cries when i'm hurt and down
Dec 17

Eclipsing eyes

You have seen the void.

You have seen the nothing that swallows people whole,
that slowly eats at them until they are hollow inside. 

You have seen it in the eyes of people just before they die,
eclipsing their pupils and taking all the light,
that terrifying not-knowing, 
when you're just about to find out what happens to people after they die.

 You have seen it in the silence after two people who love each other give up,
in the sadness when they realize that they have nothing left to say to each other,
that they tried so hard but it didn't work.

You have seen it when people scream in empty parking lots,
their voices shrieking into the almost dawn that
is making the sky lighter, but
the stars have not yet dissapeared.

You have seen it in the ashes that drift from cigarettes, 
and the smoke that drifts from lips, 

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