by Jennifer Balboa
I’m scared that, at any moment, I’ll have to take off running
to save my life.
I’m scared that any loud noise puts everyone on edge.
I’m scared for my friends, for they are my everything.
I’m scared for the people who taught me some of the best life lessons I’ve ever learned.
I’m scared that my parents won’t know how much I love them.
I’m scared for my sisters if something were to happen to me.
I’m scared of a place where we come to learn, and have since we were five.
I’m scared because any word or action can cause a bigger reaction.
I’m scared of the society today, where the number of shootings is almost the same number of days in a year.
I’m not afraid to say I’m scared for myself and others, because being scared is our reality.
Soulties, by Deja McWhite
Soulties splendid in the
wind within. Sins spreading
thin. Is it a thought or a question? Souls generating
through heart and mind. Ponder the wonders here and
there, but my love lies here. Stand high within me, flows
though my kidneys, may anything hit me. Power with strength
never give the ache of failure.
My heart is held within your hands, so now
you understand. Me, me with you, us together, that’s the flow
of love. Our companionship is never a task, may I ask that
we hold each other while we last.
Never move fast, but forget the past. Forever will never swear
swear to always be here.
Giving my heart used to be a curse, you give it
worth. As I walk upon the earth, feeling a new birth,
it’s love at first sight.
I hope to do right. Love is a word that from me,
you’ve never heard. My actions speak louder than words
as I show you what you’re worth.