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Frequent Flyer

Ironic don’t you think?

Even clipped

These wings instinctively move with the wind,

They’re slapping at my face

Hoping I fall from the sky

Pulling but I keep pushing

Must be hunting season

Feels like I’ve got a target on my back

Critics don’t cut me any slack

I just smile and keep writing

Silently flying

On my way to the top

It’s a lonely ride

But I’m not ready to stop.

 

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Dear Child

Dear younger self

Well child

You’ve turned 18

Reached the pinnacle of adulthood, right?

Here’s a rolled up newspaper

Make sure you whack those wolves hard

They mean business

Out for blood

Be wary of those that are familiar

They’ll stab you in the heart, far faster than strangers

Oh, and believe me, not everyone has your best interests in mind

You’ll learn that lesson with time

Good luck, it’s a wild jungle out there.

 

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In the Air

Can you feel it in the air?
That cold chill
Ripples up your spine
Listen
There’s a restless whisper
And it’s gaining momentum
Every time shots ring out
Every time mouths go hungry
Every time a child hurts
Every time
It gets louder and louder
Deafening like a hurricane
It can’t be silenced
It won’t be silenced
And it screams
“WE NEED CHANGE! WE NEED PEACE!”

 

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Photography: Lanaya

@writing.for.the.calm

 

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No Refunds or Exchanges

Tick
Tock
Hear that clock
Seconds fade into minutes
Minutes crash head-on with hours
Hours collide and slide right on into days
Time
It never waits
So grab life by the pendulum
Swing
Swing with all you got

Tick
Tock
Smash that clock!
Take every moment
Own it!
Only one person can make your decisions
And that person is staring back at you

Reflections are determined
By the view
Don’t let anyone steal your shine
The memories wasted on hate
Are memories better spent on fulfillment
No greater revenge than success
Climb on top of that ivory tower
Proclaim to the world
“This is my time!”
Time waits for no one

Tick
Tock
Hear that clock
Wake up
Put societies expectations to rest
Show this nation
That dreams can be achieved
No matter where you are conceived
See, time doesn’t look at the color of skin
It doesn’t care how much money you have in the bank
Can’t throw dollar bills at it to make it freeze
And you sure can’t take possessions with you when you leave

Hustle hard
But don’t break your bones
For shiny cars or a new iPhone
Last I heard, Heaven doesn’t get ringtones
Hustle hard
Collecting the things that count
Love isn’t measured in currency
Unplug and reconnect with those who matter most

What a tragedy
Faces glued to digital screens
By the time we look up
Our children are teens
Copying our behavior
The cycle is never ending
Generation after generation
Nodding their heads
But not really listening
When will they listen?

Is it any wonder homes are broken?
Hands full but hearts empty
Everybody busy
Thinking they have all a guaranteed tomorrow
Yet guarantees don’t come easily
With life
There are no receipts

Tick
Tock
Time keeps moving on
Hear that clock?