May 07

How can you hate?

How can you hate when you're lying under the stars?
When you are gazing at hills stretching for miles
Their silvery tips brushed by the copper-colored last light of the sun?
When you are sitting in an empty cathedral 
Sunlight illuminating dust streaming in the air over the alter
Touching your face
As the sounds of a thousand forgotten voices swing through the rafters?
When you wake up to rain streaming down your window
And you reach out
Watching it stream over your hands into puddles below you
That as you lean down
You can see your reflection in them?
When you're sitting on a dock next to your best friend
Watching as the silent sun slowly slips away behind the mountains
And your feet dangle in the cool water?

How can you hate when the most beautiful thing in life is just a heartbeat away?
May 01


The ladybug wanders wonderingly across the wide expanse of her table
Her tiny feet reach the edge
And she wobbles wildly
Before tipping over
Spots swirling into space and time
And puckered up against the hard linoleum
Feet pounding the floor
Yelling questions she does not understand.
She folds her wings and breathes short ragged breaths.

Imagine that ladybug
Seconds before
Wandering toward the edge looming in the distance.
Imagine she reaches it
And doesn't give in to the fall
She spreads her brittle wings
And soars away on the breezes
Footsteps echoing below her.
Apr 30

I'm Sorry

I'm sorry 
That my ancestors forced you to be someone 
That you aren't
That they thought you were less than 
And not equal to.

I'm sorry
That you have to hear people
Yelling ugly slurs
Clicking car locks when you walk by
Or crossing the street when they see you.

I'm sorry
That I don't understand
Your situation as well as you do
And can't help you through it.

I'm sorry
That I have power
That you don't
That I am always innocent
And you are always guilty.

I'm sorry 
That the generations before you have suffered
Because of the generations before me.
I'm sorry that my family took your land
Your identity from you.

I'm sorry
That you have to be careful
Wondering dark alleys
Or be nervous
When you see the flashing red and blue
In your review mirror.

I'm sorry
That you are dehumanized

Apr 27

A sudden thought on destruction

Apr 19


Apr 19

Notre Dame

Apr 16

Ruler of Everything

A broken winged bird
Belly brushing the sapphire sea waves
Flaming feathers licking the twinkling twilight
Yet alone
All alone
With no one but the stars.
A candlelight gathering
With nobody there
But one little girl whose face is lighting up the dark.
The bird is an outcast from his family
A different being
Whom no one understands.
In the world this bird had to fight to be heard
To been seen
To be loved.
But in solitude,
That bird is the ruler of the sparkling sky and of the gaping ocean.

Apr 15

Boxed in

(Written in response to the challenge "Activist" in the workshop, Poetry with Alexandra Contreras-Montesano)

I am underestimated.

People look at me and see an average white American teenager.
13 years old
With medium length brown hair
With a quick smile and and a quicker tongue.

But people never stick around enough to find out more.
Even my closest friends have yet to scratch the surface of my dreams.

I've heard all my life that I'd better marry a wealthy husband who loves me and I'll have a good life.

But maybe I don't want wealth.
Maybe I'm not looking for a Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet
I'm not some damsel in distress.
I can take care of myself thank you very much.

I want to go to college and meet new people
And have new experiances
And learn new things
Apr 14
poem 0 comments challenge: Song

Secrets by One Republic

Look around you
Everything is there
Life is holding things inside me
Words pouring from my mouth
Tell me 
Your secrets
Your hidden thoughts
That you are bottling up.
Tired eyes stargazing
Watching the death of happiness
 What can I do for you?
How can I change the world?
Lips full of secrets
And let them go.
Angels flying somewhere
Whispering in my ear
In your voice.
Your ideas
And thoughts
Run toward the light
Let it embrace you
Hear the music
And let it flow around you
You are free
Flying far, far, far
Into the twilight.
Apr 11

change is possible