As the sun dips below the horizon
a bit earlier each day, I'm thinking
of how easy it is to watch the seasons
go by from your window, time flying
by and us dragged along on its coattails.
When will it be time to break out
our routines, see new sections
of the sky, and embrace adventure?
I want to see new places, not just
project them in my head while reading
a book. It's almost time to grow up,
they say, as if growing up is a singular
event with a beginning and end,
and we're all ready for the next step,
to hop on a plane and never come back.
I hope you enjoyed this piece! Just some short thoughts as a high school senior working on college apps and endless choices. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments. Stay safe and healthy out there.
It's 4 p.m. and we've hit
the afternoon slump, but while I slouch
in my chair my mind is elsewhere,
thinking of the year that just passed us by.
It doesn't feel like the time to buy balloons,
gather around a cake,
nor the time to pack my backpack
with pencils and notebooks,
lace up my shoes and head to school
in the frigid mornings only for the sun
to peek out and make us sweat
forty minutes later.
Another rotation of the four seasons,
of beginnings and endings,
tests and weekends spent trying
to relax but catching up on homework
anyways, and I know I'm dramatizing this
but I can't believe we're already here
In this moment, I am still sitting,
trying to stretch out the day before
everything hits us all at once
and I don't know why I'm so scared
but I am. Sit with me
and let's talk about it.
I hope you enjoyed this piece! It pretty much sums up my feelings about my seventeenth birthday (which was one day ago by the time you’re reading this! Crazy!) and the start of my senior year, which are pretty much intertwined as there’s only 4 days between my birthday and the first day of school. So much has happened and even though senior year is still a whole year that’s ahead, I’m already reflecting on high school and all the time that’s flown by. It’s an emotional and overwhelming time, especially when you add in the chaos of college applications and whatnot. I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the last bits of summer. Stay safe and healthy out there.
Because summer was fleeting
and we wanted to soak up every drop,
we fell asleep on lounge chairs
and laid out for hours,
still managing to avoid getting our hair wet.
Our skin burned and turned colors
when we dug our fingers into it,
proving even this innocent fun
had consequences. Outside all day,
turning pink and golden,
hair getting lighter, our heels
adjusting to the heat of the bricks
as we padded them over to the pool,
all we could do
was enjoy this moment while it lasted.
I hope you enjoyed this short piece. I absolutely CANNOT believe that summer is coming to an end. Hopefully you all have enjoyed the past few months. Please feel free to leave feedback and writing challenges in the comments! Stay safe and healthy out there.
The hills were never as green
as a few months after they burned.
They're brown now again
and we're starting to think about
the next blaze that will
the next innocent fire that goes wrong
and spreads across acres,
smoke pouring into the sky
and blowing away from here.
It is no longer an "if";
it's a "when" and the hottest
months are yet to come.
We wait in the heat,
sweating in anticipation,
living the same lives regardless.
I hope you enjoyed this piece! Since almost the entire year is “fire season” where I live in California at this point, it’s always kind of nerve-wracking thinking about the potential natural disasters ahead. Please feel free to share feedback and writing challenges in the comments. Stay safe and healthy out there.