Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Stand With Ahmed (Spoken Word)

As someone who grew up in Irving, TX and went from Kindergarten to 12th grade under the Irving ISD education system, I took huge issue with the recent events regarding Ahmed Mohamed. It was truly disheartening to see the way such a bright young student was treated due to his passions and the racism of others.

I wanted to write a piece to speak about this issue and to support Ahmed in his future endeavours.

Credit to Alan Singley for the Instrumental "Stop the Clocks"

Monday, September 7, 2015

Dorm Room Air

What can happen in a second?

The air can change
The one second it takes someone to exhale
as they climb the steps into their new dorm room
is a climax of mixed emotions

Where happiness, wonder, loneliness, relief, and retreat
come together, all at once, fluttering in the chest
desperate to escape through that exhaled breath

But the air it travels through is thick
with emotions others have released in their own breath
So in the next second
the next inhale brings back more emotions, both old and new,
fluttering right back inside you

This continues every second 
until the community of new roommates and neighbours 
begin to relax the air that we breathe in.