[Poetry] Thorns & Love

His words wielded spiny thorns
Out of spite and hatred they were born.
They failed against these words of mine
For love trumps hate every time.

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Hearts of Dreamers

“Maybe that’s all we were. Dreamers.
And we knew the end was coming. Our end.”

Maybe that’s all we were. Dreamers. And somewhere, deep down, we knew the day would come that we would wake up and all of what we shared would be behind us. It was something we knew hovered on the horizon, but like any other mirage, we didn’t realize how close it was after all. And once it’s all said and done, the only thing that remains is memories. I have to admit, I wasn’t ready for reality to set in. I wasn’t ready for the end. Our end. But here we are, going our separate ways. I couldn’t help but wonder if we took a wrong turn somewhere. Nevertheless, the memories are all I have to hold on to.

— Sarah Doughty—

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

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A Christmas Ad About Orangutans, Palm Oil, & Compassion

Today, I want to share with you all a Christmas TV advertisement that’s been making its rounds in the cyber-sphere. 

First, a little background: Iceland, a British supermarket, collaborated with Greenpeace to release a short animation telling the story of companies collecting palm oil at the expense of the environment, resulting in deforestation, orangutan deaths, and the loss of homes for Indigenous Peoples. 

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Poetry Does Not Sell

Poetry does
not sell,
they say

I’m not selling
it for money

I’m selling:
inspiration
peace
love
reality
and hope.

— Elancharan Gunasekaran —

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[Poetry] Three Months

One Month
The sun is shining, but I can’t see it.
The dirt’s been scrubbed, but I still feel it.
The room is silent, but I still hear him.

Two Months
I remember the rocks shredding my skin, but he’s okay.
I remember the blood staining my legs, but he’s okay.
I remember my screams bouncing off him, but he’s okay.

Three Months
And the world still turns for him.

© Jade M. Wong

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[Poetry] It’s Our Earth Day Too

I’ve called Earth home for more than 100 years
The largest of turtles, yet many of us have disappeared,
It’s our Earth Day too.

You love that I’m black, white, Asian, and cuddly,
If you love me, then why are there so little of me?
It’s our Earth Day too.

Beautifully brilliant blues, vibrant oranges and reds,
Bloody feathers of homeless macaws, lying on the ground dead.
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