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Sep 27
haileychase's picture

September 9, 2019, 2:37pm.

I dangle my feet off the wood dock,
my body warm from the sun.
The sun forms stars on the top of the lake,
flat and untouched by anyone.

The sun feeds the trees,
and invites the birds to sing.
The air is still, perfect, silent,
no phone around to ring.

A dragonfly passes my side,
it says hello and resumes its day.
I smile at its presence,
then watch it fly away.

The sky is bright blue sapphire,
laced with frosted white clouds.
The world is transparent and simple,
unharmed by the crowds.
 
Sep 26
poem 0 comments challenge: Clearing
isabelle.chen's picture

One Step, Two Step

One step, two step.

The wind rippling through your hair.

Leaves scattered everywhere.

Gnarly roots in the ground.

Birds chirping as the only sound.

Three steps, four steps.

Branches hovering above,

And Oak tree groves.

You see the sunshine peeking through,

With a hint of sky blue.

Five steps, six steps.

All your worries disappear,

While in this atmosphere.

Peacefulness will stick around,

With every step you take on the ground.

Seven steps, eight steps.
 
Sep 26
essay 0 comments challenge: General

Sometimes

Sometimes people seem born to run, born to GO BIG.
But that doesn't mean the rest of us can't.

Sometimes, we have to walk before we can run.
And we practice.... and practice.... and practice until we're ready to take the next step. 

Sometimes it's the little things that matter.
Things we can't even begin to comprehend.

Sometimes it seems like we are unimportant.
But everything ... EVERYTHING, is important, from the biggest, most devastating hurricane to the smallest insect.

And everyone and everything has a purpose.
Sep 23

Capturing Fire

Sep 23
Kittykatruff's picture

Faults

Humans are full of faults
to a fault,
chasing the idea of perfection,
in itself a flaw;
When, inevitably, we do fall,
we have devised our means
to appease all,
such as test retakes
or apologies.

Apologies
are part of every preschool's teachings,
a way to pay back the wounded
and, in theory, show we care. 
Words dripping off the page
like honey,
seemingly see-through
but deceptively sticky,
Clinging to clichés,
all to show they find a fault
in the fault they committed, to a fault,
faulting another.

Now, I'm not saying we should abandon morals
for human society is built on our relationships,
and kindness, love, compassion is the way
to a stronger, brighter future.

I simply think it odd
that we find fault in everything we do—
we define our morals by our faults, 
and always search ourselves
for imperfections;
Sep 23
poem 0 comments challenge: Shoes

No Shoes

I know no shoes, 
my feet are free.
I run barefoot
through tall grass
across hard asphalt 
along sandy beaches
and I hop from rock to rock as nimbly a gazelle 
all without shoes
the times I wear them 
I feel my soul is captured 
stuck in an old glass bottle 
or caged in a pen too small for my ever growing mind
when I fling them off and run 
harder and harder
until I can barely breathe
that's when I feel alive 
awake 
aware 
I feel free
when I'm running 
bare soles of my feet
against wet sand
or dewy grass
when I stand barefoot on this earth 
I can feel the world spinning 
turning
and bursting with life,
can you?




 
Sep 22

Look into the world--


Look into the world--
And the world looks back
The sea mirrors the sky
And the sky mirrors the sea
For which is which?
Which is up and which is down
Are the creatures the sea
Or the sea the creatures
Are you a whole
Or a part?

-(HI Poetry 2019)-
Sep 19
Grace._.'s picture

I Love Me

It is hard for a teenage girl to love herself in this day and age. With all of the standards we are expected to live up too, it can be tough. In a world full of haters, sometimes one needs to take a step back and just realize how amazing they are.
Sep 19
poem 1 comment challenge: CJP-Teens

Making Mistakes

People always tell me I’m making mistakes.
Is it really necessary to say it?
I thought that was part of being young,
learning from your screw-ups.
Everything’s a mistake these days -
what I want to do in life,
what I believe,
who I love.
It’s taken me awhile to realize that
no matter what I do,
someone will think it’s wrong.
There are so many opinions in this wide world
that give us individuality.
They’re part of what makes us human.
Everyone believes something different.
Everyone tells me something different.
And I understand that, I do.

But did it have to be them telling me I’m wrong?
Because coming from them, I just might believe it.
 
Sep 19
poem 1 comment challenge: CJP-Teens

Making Mistakes

People always tell me I’m making mistakes.
Is it really necessary to say it?
I thought that was part of being young,
learning from your screw-ups.
Everything’s a mistake these days -
what I want to do in life,
what I believe,
who I love.
It’s taken me awhile to realize that
no matter what I do,
someone will think it’s wrong.
There are so many opinions in this wide world
that give us individuality.
They’re part of what makes us human.
Everyone believes something different.
Everyone tells me something different.
And I understand that, I do.

But did it have to be them telling me I’m wrong?
Because coming from them, I just might believe it.
 

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