On learning how to pet a dog

Growing up, I'm a little ashamed to admit, I've always been scared of dogs. Not because I ever had any kind of negative experience with any I'd known, rather, I used to be particularly fond of one from back when I wasn't old enough to have long-lasting memories of what and who I loved. I …

Candle in the dark

darkness engulfs me in waves of emotion, the largestshare won by loneliness. the birthday candles are out.the cake, six feet under. celebrations, asunder. and me- I'm on the path to a throbbing self-hate. it rained thatday, as it does always rain in September, and I lit a fire.solely, if not only, for the unwashed hope …

After Gwendolyn Brook’s ‘We Real Cool’.

After Gwendolyn Brook's 'We real cool'. The original is supposed to describe a group of teenagers hanging out outside of a pool hall. It imagines these teenagers as rebels who proudly defy convention and authority—and who will likely pay for their behavior with their lives. It's quite a classic, and I've re-imagined it to have the teenagers all grown up in today's world, who after and despite all their youthful rebellion, end up working typical 9-5 jobs. They spend their lives fearing the law, cursing their fate, drinking away their frustration, but ultimately remain stuck in the same place because they refuse to do anything about it, in stark contrast their younger selves.

Today, I will not

today, i will not have myself do things i don't want to dotoday, i will not berate myself for doing something i did not fully think throughtoday, i will skip making the pro-con and grab the chance before a piece of paper makes it too late for me totoday i will not hesitate to approach …