Last week, we had New York City's youth poet laureate Zora Howard
come in for a visit, and she helped the girls write collective poems
. Here are two of their chose pieces that reflect their current thoughts and emotions, written by each and every girl that attended (with contributions from myself, Jen Estrada, and Zora!)"Friends"
My anchors, they hold me down strong
When needed they always come along
But when around other people, they act like they don't know
Or so they say, or so I thought, or so it should have been
You prove that things aren't always what they seem
You become a whole other person I haen't seen
But I know that you know you do this
You're my friend and I'm telling you as a friend to stop and be yourself.
It's you I laugh with until my sides start aching- not this person you are painting.
You have an image that confuses me, is it a truth, or a lie?
When will your true colors come out
Because I can't wait for that day to come when somebody tells you off like me, a friend
True friends are true colors that stick to you,
They show the best inside of you, like a mirror revealing your strength to the world
But they can also bring out the worst, the weakness"Family Issues"
They are always yelling
About this and about that
Nobody is listening to what I have to say
I am yelling a silenced rebellion
Screaming from the pits of my soul, but they hear nothing but silence
I think of torturous things to do, hoping to get their attention
But they are still my family
And they are still first, in my heart, though it hurts sometimes
A love unshakable and immovable like mountains rooted in Earth
A comfort so deeply needed
I scream, I cry, I plead, and yet, I do not succeed
I surrender from this family
I am taking a step back for myself. Inside of me everything is good, everything is bad, things I embrace, and things I will let go of.
When will I let go and tell you all you need to know
Because that day will hit harder than you'll ever know.