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☾ the name's destiny. 22. writer • poet • music enthusiast. creative writing major @ SFSU. these poems & small pieces of prose are all first drafts.

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✖ "I write only because there is a voice inside of me that will not be still." - Sylvia Plath

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082814 (10:39PM)

I’m waiting
for it to become
something

more

more than walking
something more than
sticking to the path

being blinded by the sun
being trapped
by the cloak of oppression

i throw my hood up
so that I can block it out

but it chases me down

the loans pile up,
the pressure sinks in
22, jobless and the choir’s singing

when will she begin to fit in?

082814 (10:51AM)

The world:
never you and I.

has a leprechaun
stolen your tongue?
fool’s gold drips
         from
the 
           cavities
beyond
              your
       lips

you pay the price
by having friends
who play nice

but do you know
what they really think?

do you know it’s all
sugar and smoke
but no pizazz?

you’re trying to make
love from dust

it won’t stick

      it just
falls      into     the
concrete      
                                cracks

you’re tempted to lick it off the sidewalk
scratch your tongue against broken glass
to prove that there’s something there

you bleed for her
even when she won’t hurt for you


but you’re still
                              defeated.

081614 (5:58AM)

(Source: can-i-touch)

the dictionary
definition of
your misfortunes
& your downfalls:

1. mind-made contraptions
that react to
man-made actions

your misfortunes & downfalls are caused by too many expectations of the world around you

2. the mind is made
to overcome such actions

your misfortunes & downfalls can be gone with powerful thought

3. we do not
forget
but we can stretch
beyond the memories

arcs are our friends

your misfortunes & downfalls are caused by not building jeweled arches that allow you to get over it

4) fire isn’t relevant—
do not burn the past

it’s a storybook,
pages and pages
of a lesson plan for life

we do not set fire
to life

your misfortunes & downfalls burn bright within your soul, but they don’t have the power— you do

081614 (4:57AM)

Rupi Kaur, you are your own soulmate

Rupi Kauryou are your own soulmate

081514 (7:11AM)

i’ve spent too many
minutes and hours
agonizing over
empty cages
with piles of feathers and shit,
fish tanks with water
and no fish,

shadows of memories
creep
five steps in front of me

they swallow me

toothless mouths
gums hard spit covered

i slide seamlessly
down the tongue
dripping wet
into the past

no escape in sight

stuck in the
belly of a demon

081214 (12:41AM)

"Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!"

"We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

- Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

This movie is and forever will one of my favorite movies because Robin Williams’ performance was an inspiring one, one that stuck with me, and inspired me so many times since the first time I saw this movie in high school. This movie taught me how to appreciate beauty and how to fight conformity but it would have been nothing without the passion that Williams put into this role. He was truly a great actor and one that will be missed.

081114 (5:17AM)

As I was working on a short story, I described a character as having strawberry blonde hair which instantly brought me back to the late 90s/early 2000s when I read the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (also known for writing Shiloh). Alice was educational, funny, witty and wasn’t afraid to face sexuality head on even in a YA novel. To this day, I believe that Naylor was one of my inspirations to write things that challenged people. On Naylor’s wiki page I learned that 1) she has the same birthday as me which is freaking awesome and 2) that she ended the Alice series with a final book that describes Alice’s life up to age 60. Now I want to finish reading the series and catch up with my girl, Alice!

081014 (4:32AM)

Trying to rid myself and my life of negative energy.
Where do I begin?

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