A Taxi in Spain

Avert my eyes So you don't think My smile is an invitation Speak to you rudely lest you mistake my kindness for a yes Use it against me as you press your body closer to mine Young, blond, and white in a foreign country. Sounds like the recipe for a mistake, right? I was 19,... Continue Reading →

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A Poem to Women

My heart cries out to the women afraid to be women they don't claim their power certain the sword will slice them Or they hide their truth because it's easier because it would upset because then they'd have to explain it Or they put on a mask of a man, or another not willing to... Continue Reading →

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Nurture Under Arrest

In high school, a series of sexual harassment incidents occurred involving my English teacher. Ten years ago, he was released early on good behavior. He spent a mere sixteen months in jail for luring a 17-year-old into a prolonged sexual relationship.  The first victim was my friend's sister, and soon after, several others came forward.... Continue Reading →

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Hidden Bodies

Skirts to your knees three fingers - no more. My friends roll them up the waist bulging Tank tops? Not a chance Unless it resembles a t-shirt without sleeves My collarbone hides with my thighs A V-neck? Too low! I don't have cleavage but my friends do I wonder which is better I get to... Continue Reading →

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Colombia (SOL Day 28)

“You’re moving to Colombia? Like, cocaine Colombia?” I shudder inside and my eyes roll back when I hear this type of response. Colombia has so much to offer, so many things to be known for, and yet is unfortunately still an infamous place in the minds of most Americans. I can’t say that Netflix is... Continue Reading →

The Space Where I Learn

A reverso is a poem with two halves. In a reverso, the second half reverses the lines from the first half, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization — and it has to say something completely different from the first half. http://www.readbrightly.com/reverso-poetry-writing-verse-reverse/ My class creates a long day. Time alone is scare. Dealing with drama: easier... Continue Reading →

#SIBS (SOL Day 25)

It’s a rare occasion that it happens. 3 siblings. 1 space. Usually when you meet a family, the siblings are quite unique. You might notice a combination of features distinct in each: the quiet one, the chatty one, or maybe the brainy one. While we do have our distinguishing qualities, I find remarkable the similar... Continue Reading →

Post-Assessment (SOL Day 24)

Yesterday we took an important assessment. Even though my students don’t love them, they understand that assessments are a part of the learning process. They expect them to happen often in our classroom. We use growth mindset language and seek to grow from our experiences. It was the second time this year we had a... Continue Reading →

You and I (SOL Day 23)

You don’t even know how beautiful you are Your heavy eyelids lift before the light touches Your dark crevices become highlighted with gold The secrets of the night before lie plainly on the floor I hear a soft whisper ignite and the rustle of movement I admire you from my place breathing in deeply I... Continue Reading →

My Tribe (SOL Day 22)

Your vibe attracts your tribe I love this quote for the meaning it has taken on in my life. Only recently has it become so relevant and true. Until now, I had a different view on friendships and connections. I grew up as a social butterfly, hopping around friend groups, and always wanting to be... Continue Reading →

Writing (SOL Day 21)

Writing comes from my spirit exhaling out through my fingers the ideas grow from anywhere from my toes, my chest, or the deepest part of my belly They come from memories pulled to the surface with a small string a child at the other end waiting with curiosity to inspect what she found at the... Continue Reading →

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