Conversation With a Guidance Counselor

These rules I've never understood
But if I must obey I will
I want to live in a place
That I can call my own
Below the rat race
With a nice windowsill
That has a spectacular view
Which I deem beautiful
(And I would deem any view beautiful)
But without it I would suffocate
My extended hand ignites my light
So please allow yourself to create
A free form future

A Moment to Appreciate Shoes

A thought occurred to me a few nights ago while sitting on the beach.  Sand was surrounding me, of course, and was finding its way into my black high top, Chuck Taylor Converses. 

Unlike most people, however, I did not see the sand as a pest or nuisance.  Instead, I was glad to feel it in my shoe, saw it as a souvenir of sorts.  Because to me, shoes are the objects that guide us everywhere, and are with us every step of the way...literally.

That's why to me, getting something on my shoes is almost a mark of honor.

Once, I spontaneously decided to go for a swim in the ocean, and I made sure I let my shoes get a bit wet with the salt water before I took them off.  It was simply so that I could know that they had experienced such an event.  And even after they dry, and any signs that the water was there has faded away, I will still know that they were dipped in the water.

Recently, one pair of my shoes walked 20 miles during Boston's Walk for Hunger.  When the event was over, the normally black shoes were practically brown with all of the dirt and residue.  Most people would be disappointed.  I was ecstatic.  That was my favorite keepsake from the day.

I suppose the reason that I appreciate the shoes so much is because looking at everything that my shoes have done gives me a new perspective on what I have done.  Being from a small town, it feels like nothing I have done is, or could ever be, spectacular.  But when put in a different context, my accomplishments seem different: 
  • This one pair of shoes survived four years of high school, and a full year of college. 
  • This pair of shoes walked 20 miles for charity. 
  • This pair of shoes worked eight hours after school. 
  • This pair worked almost 40 hours over the summer, and hung out with friends afterwords. 
  • This pair of shoes jumped on and off a carousel a countless amount of times during a summer job.
None of those things are a huge deal, but its the little things in life that should make us feel good about ourselves.  Maybe looking at our accomplishments from a different perspective is what we all need.  Maybe we should all appreciate our shoes more, and in turn appreciate ourselves more.


A mind of thuds
And beats of stone
With battle grounds
Now fields of gray
Stretching forever
Producing lined pages
Begging for scribbles
Searching for sparks
Or any hiding colors
Among the wreckage
Of neither this or that

An Honest Mothers Day

It was the least
I could do
To spare you
The truth
So I bought you
A card with
Kind words and
Kind lies
Of black ink
Like that which
Is filling
My lungs
As you read

Sun On My Face

No longer a sharp scoff
Or a harsh boundary
Revealing the blackness
Sunlight is now an ocean
Cleansing my jungle rot

You Should Feel Very Lucky

A one year reflection
Except for one crucial
Point of interest
Because iodine in excess
Produces purple smiles
Revealing a one year crack
That it was dyed
Yet still it exists
Much lighter than before
Now with rays and warmth
Promising genuine shine
In its cold purple contrast
So celebrate the smile
Instead of condemning
The reason for the color


No fine lines
Of definition
Just basic colors
Confusing each other
And fusing together
To define me

Red passion tempting
Purple depth
Quick temper tempting
Endless caring
Rightful suspicion tempting
Naive love

Shades on a spectrum
And Crayola crayons
Casual conversation 
And alarm clocks

(Any feedback on this poem in particular would be most appreciated.)


Surroundings tinted
Maybe just for me
No night or day
Charred routine repeat
Yes, the Mayans lied
But disillusions right
Faces closer to herded cattle
Eyes like diamonds above Seattle

(This is the third and final pre-posted poem.)


The flood stole
Their homes and hearts
Yet still they drank
Worlds apart
But still the same
Kill and save
In everything

(This is another poem that was already posted, but was reposted simply because I like it.)

5 Random Facts

So I was just tagged by my friend and roommate Jenna to do a 5 Random Facts post. Hmmmm. Maybe this will be interesting...

1.  I am currently finishing up my first year of college, and its been an interesting experience to say the least.  Its proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'm an introvert and that I prefer to hang out with a small group of close friends. I enjoyed living on campus for the most part, although sometimes I craved more quiet time. I felt like I could never fully be myself while in my dorm.

2.  As far as writing poetry goes, I don't try to do anything.  It simply makes me feel better and keeps me occupied. Even if my poems turn out poorly, even if nobody else in the world likes them, I enjoy writing them, and I find the process therapeutic.

3.  I collect Living Dead Dolls.  They are Barbie Doll-like figures with a strange gothic twist. Most people don't like them, but they make me very happy. I'm not a serious collector, though. If I had a thousand dollars to burn maybe I would be, but for the time being I can wait. If you want to learn more about them, because your still baffled, you can read a really cool article here.

4.  I tend to wear a lot of black - in fact, its the only color I wear. But its not my only favorite color. I also love orange and deep purple.

5.  Something that can always make me smile is the show Futurama. It doesn't matter how long its been cancelled (and its coming back!) the same episodes make me laugh even after the 500th time. It is by far the cleverest show ever created, and Matt Groening deserves a medal for making something so nerdtastic. those are 5 random things about me.