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Kelsey

PO# 478454
United States
United States
Just a bag of bones trying to make a dent in the universe.
May 6, 2017
Columbus, United States

When I face the news my heart quivers,
not from fear
But from anger and pain and,
all the while,
a desensitized acceptance.
This is our world now,
my brain tries to reason.
But the heart's never lied,
and I've never cried
so much inside.

I will not write off the evil in this world
as a new way,
something I must survive.
I will fight.

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ANGEL BREATHING
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November 16, 2016
Columbus, United States

I am a wet match
twirling between your fingertips,
waiting for a flick of your wrist
to snap me in two.

The thing about matches is
feeble as they may be
they strike
red
hot.

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BHAVYA SINHA
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June 8, 2016
Columbus, United States

They leer after us
their eyes following
as we walk into the bathroom.
Protection, they say.
We're worried about the woman's
safety.

But whose going to protect me from you?

When you decide my body
is not my own jurisdiction
When you lead me,
drunk and stumbling
behind a dumpster
When you're gratifying yourself
with my unmoving body
because you are all that matters.

And how about your privilege,
your whiteness, your straightness,
your manliness
Who will protect me from that?

Fellow women in a bathroom
do not scare me
We are united in our
"inferiority"
A damned minority
to you.

You are my nightmare,
with your unyielding confidence
granted by the comfort
of your perch at the top of society.
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VISIONS
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June 7, 2016
Columbus, United States

My mother sent me a text today
about the explosive F Bomb in my Facebook status.
You majored in English,
you're better than that
word.

Fuck, mom.
The word is fuck.

Fuck, a word deemed vulgar,
classless, unwelcome in society,
wrong.

Fuck and I have a lot in common.

It wasn't so long ago
that I was demonized,
told by society that I am less
than the other words in the sentence,
unnnatural, causing trouble,
acting out.

You say fuck is lazy,
it makes me less
because it doesn't fit
into society's puzzle.

But fuck is a gut punch,
it's fierce and strong
and all the things you taught me to be,
mom.

I think fuck is beautiful.
Fuck is the exasperated voice
of struggle
Fuck is a fight
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MAGICAL LOVE
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April 10, 2016
Columbus, United States

i've been told
my feelings are
off-putting.

so i hide them
in my skin
like a druggie
hides his crack,
taking little
hits when i'm
alone.

they don't know
that i fear for my life
when i watch the news at night,
or that i cry for strangers
i'll never know.

i feel too much,
i feel too hard,
and it's too big
for their tiny little minds.

so i wait
for my next fix.
track marks on my heart,
and withdraw constantly
creeping in.

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ORIGINAL
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April 10, 2016
Columbus, United States

i have known
so many
beautiful people.

but i
go through life
a tornado,
all that's left
is wreckage.

i have loved each one
but they're all gone.

and maybe it's my fault.
but it's a tornado's nature
to spin out of control,
and it's a person's nature
to leave.

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ORIGINAL
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April 10, 2016
Columbus, United States

you
lied.

took my friends
from my side
left me
alone
everything i'd made
up in flames.

i thought
i loved you
like a favorite book,
reread time again
when i need somewhere to turn.

you were vicious
and relentless.
you left me
to wonder
what went wrong.

and now i'm alone
with the only good thing
to come of this.

can't have your cake,
or cupcakes, or a party,
or friends.

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ORIGINAL
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April 10, 2016
Columbus, United States

my heart's in my socks
but i try to hide it,

we spend our lives fighting
the feelings,
each emotion a dent
in our knight's costume.

we're coming undone,
we're coming undone,
and life
and death
are breathing down our necks.

but i'll trample my heart
before i let you see me
bend down to pick it up.

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ORIGINAL
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March 4, 2016
Columbus, United States

when i was small,
i believed i could slay anything.
that was before i had demons.
before we spent nights
typing words we couldn't say aloud.
back when dragons and monsters
were the scariest things
we could dream up.

i think we spend most of our life
alone,
trying desperately to feel
accompanied,connected,wanted.

how many friends have i loved
and lost?

how many nights
has the darkness been too much?

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ORIGINAL
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December 12, 2015
 

They are not ours -
the consensus rings clear.
Not our problem, not our face,
not our people.

Every strike of your heart
against the drum of humanity
says otherwise.
All are ours, and we are theirs.

We are one.

You make them out as the enemy,
those who have suffered,
those who seek refuge from you

in your privileged life
where the only war you've known
is on a big screen, while you sit
in a cushy red seat
with popcorn.

You are the enemy,
making others out as evil.
Denying the very humanity
that should have you reaching,
arms wide open and humbled,
saying come to us -
innocent, hurt, broken,
we will make you whole.

That is America.
Welcoming those
who want a better life.
Being better
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TALL TREE
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November 21, 2015
 

We were reminded
even the safest places
are vulnerable.
Let this be not a lesson of hate,
but of love.
Each day is unpromised,
each life one strand of a complex web
Be the change -
large, small, everlasting.

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ORIGINAL
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November 21, 2015
 

This world is reckless.
People, destroying each other.
Freedom attacked and terror rampant.
Every day we're turning our eyes
from the innocent lives being taken.

I am sick and unsettled,
and you are here beside me
anchoring me to a shred of serenity
in the insanity that we call earth.

And for this I am lucky.

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PEACE FOR PARIS
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November 21, 2015
Columbus, United States

"We will not accept Syrian refugees,"
says the governor
and the message he sends
is hatred of an entire state, fear of an entire state -

he does not speak for me.

I accept you,
you who have walked miles and experienced what horrors I cannot imagine,
just to beg for the chance to live
safely.
You who have targets painted on your backs by a terrorist regime and the alleged bringers of peace

I want you to know,
we are not all as ugly, not all cloaked in the cowardice our representatives would have you believe.
Some of us believe in love, compassion, humanity,
and we want you to make our home your own.

We are not all
bad,
cruel,
ugly,
spiteful,
afraid.

Many of us open our hearts
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PEACE
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November 21, 2015
Columbus, United States

So paint the world in black and white,
pretend you know wrong from right
tell me death's avenged when more die
I'm choking on your hatred
We're choking on your hatred

ORIGINAL
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November 21, 2015
 

You decide a person's life
based on your politics,
and you call yourself human.
Your first-world entitlement
has made you selfish, brutal,
heartless.

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ORIGINAL
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October 19, 2015
Columbus, United States

Bring warmth, be light, and love.

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THE ORBIT STAMP
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October 19, 2015
Columbus, United States

My soul yearns to travel;
your heart, my map.

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DEEP LOVE
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August 15, 2015
New Concord, United States

Maybe we're all flowers, in full bloom, slowly having our petals picked away. Some of us are just lucky to have more petals.

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AURA OF ACCEPTANCE
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August 15, 2015
 

It takes great strength to hold a burrican within you and, rather than drowning, draw power from the waves.

ADMIRATION
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August 15, 2015
 

Sometimes you're just a small step in a world of leaps and bounds.

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ORIGINAL
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August 15, 2015
New Concord, United States

Sometimes I find myself lost within the galaxy inside of me.

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THE KISS
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July 11, 2015
McConnelsville, United States

I am a plotted plant today.
A sunflower, I think.
I am looking at a sky that is the color blue
of faded years.
The sun is bright white, and it hurts to stare at.
But I'm a plotted plant, so I stare anyway.
The sun beams infiltrate my eyes.
They race through my veins.
I've never felt a pain this good.
I spread out my roots in the soil,
I arch my back and welcome the view.
Today, I'm a plotted plant.
But tomorrow --
tomorrow I think I'll be the sun.

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SUNDANCE
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June 20, 2015
 

We are all the colors
of the rainbow.
They spew hate like a thunderstorm,
their curses ring like thunder
and their glares blinding as lightning.

You take my hand and smile.
After all, you always say,
you can't have a rainbow
without some rain.

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EQUAL RIGHTS
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June 18, 2015
Columbus, United States

Sometimes
all of the world is on my shoulders.
The pain is a noose around my neck,
tight and threatening.
Have you ever been overwhelmed
by the hatred in our hearts?
Some days it seems our duty
to jump.

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DON’T LOOK DOWN
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June 17, 2015
Columbus, United States

The world is made
of sharp lines and
vicious scribbles,
almost as if God
is a toddler, angry at his mother.
Sometimes it will hurt
to live somewhere so harsh.
But between the scrawled lines
there is fragile, beautiful
life.

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CIRCLES MARK UNCERTAINTY
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June 17, 2015
Columbus, United States

Sometimes, I hurt you.
What I wouldn't do
to take it back, every time.

There should never be a time
you don't smile.

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CHAOS
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June 15, 2015
Columbus, United States

There was something about that day:
the heat, the company, the laughter.
And from a pail of blackberries
I picked one, the sweet juice
staining my fingers dark purple -
to this day the taste of a blackberry
is almost timeless.

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AURA OF ACCEPTANCE
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June 10, 2015
Columbus, United States

Sometimes,
this world wears
me to the bone.
Have you ever seen the trees
mourn our humanity?
They know what we won't see,
that the whole while
we're killing each other,
we're the goddamn enemy.

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AURA OF ACCEPTANCE
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