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National Poetry Month Community Project 2020 Posts

Mercy

by Gloria Steiding, 2020

My heart is tired 
 
Forgiveness must find another way
 
Breathed in through the lungs
 
Like medicinal mist
 
Absorbed through the skin
 
Like soothing sunlight
 
I yearn for it 
 
A virtue I cannot attain
 
I am a prisoner 
 
Only you can release 
 
With words of regret
 
I would fly with the speed of a hummingbird
 
Toward the radiant light.

After Quarantine

by Andrew Lunarola, 2020

After this

After this I will hug a lot

After this I will spend more time with

my cousins

After this watching hockey on TV will

be a treat

After this I will have more fun at

parties

After this I will want to go back to

school

After this I will spend more time with

friends

After this I will go to the

movies

After this I will enjoy

sports again

After this I will never take these things for granted

An Hour in Time
(Narrative Poem)

by Christie Leigh Babirad, 2020

Running in the gym above the football field, I looked out to the endless land and great big blue sky through the room length window. I had never existed in such a space before. Missing Mom, but my heart was beating hope. A world wide open, I ached for only one world to notice me- His world. I wanted him to show me every inch.

Society

by Victoria Mena, 2020

Social norms are the worst.

Peer pressure and the thought of “fitting in” can drive someone to insanity,

Putting someone down because of their appearance or their personality is like pushing them down in a pool of water until they’re fully submerged.

These monsters are making people think, “am I good enough,” when they wake up, rather than, “this day is going to be great,”

And every night they go home and instead of eating a normal dinner, they don’t even grab

a plate,

Just to keep their figure “skinny” and “normal,”

even if it makes them feel sick but they don’t care because it’s “necessary,” they say.

But why?

Who would sacrifice their health and well-being to be loved and popular?

It happens more than you think; those kids who you think are perfect are just trying to keep up an act, keep on their mask trying not to break down and cry.

They’re putting on makeup and sucking in their stomach; no you can’t get a normal job you have to stay at home because all you’re good for is looking pretty and cleaning,

They’re trying to be a jock rather than a “nerd” even though their true passion is math; but being smart is against the rules, you can only get a full ride to college as an athlete so man up,

Because if they say one thing that goes against who they’re pretending to be the truth about them will be published.

We need to break social norms, break the silence,

Appreciate people for who they are and who they want to be and not have to worry about people judging us and our decisions.

You don’t have to change to prove yourself to others, just to keep your societal position.