Where I Come From by Jerry Stokx

Where I Come From by Jerry Stokx

I come from a little white house on Grandview Boulevard in Culver City. I was too young to know the reality of what I lived in at the time. Broken family, drug addicted dad, sister, brother and no money. I’ve lived a life that has been rough but now my life is what I want…

Black and Blue by Electra Johnson

Black and Blue by Electra Johnson

It’s like the entire world came crashing down on us in an instant. The world has beaten me black and blue. Our lives have become a question of when the next court date is. I don’t know of a time when he didn’t have a court date. Now the next one is February 7th. They…

In Her Arms by Veronica Vargas

In Her Arms by Veronica Vargas

The house I lived in for fifteen years is not my home. My home is not where I live, or where I cook. My home is my mother. Wherever she is, that’s home to me. Many may consider it a cliché, but to me it’s completely different. Around two years ago I lost close to…

I Am an Immigrant by Miguel Gianfranco Guzman Valle

I Am an Immigrant by Miguel Gianfranco Guzman Valle

I am an immigrant I am an immigrant from El Salvador I wonder about being in this foreign country. I hear people speaking in English, a language unknown to me I see words on posters that I don’t understand I want to understand when people speak to me I am an immigrant from El Salvador…

Ghetto by the Sea by De’Jon K. Jones

Ghetto by the Sea by De’Jon K. Jones

I come from paradise on one street to the ‘hood on the next. I come from not staying out too late, ‘cause that’s playing with your life. I come from being an athlete by day and a gang member by night. I come from where if you make it to see age 18, you’ve hit…

My Father, My Blessing by Marianna Hernandez

My Father, My Blessing by Marianna Hernandez

“My father once told me, “Mija, tienes que estudiar muscho en escuel porque no quiere trabaja mucho como yo en el futuro.” Which means, “My daughter, you must study in school because you don’t want to work hard in the future like me.” I look up to my dad for everything he’s done for me,…

Point of View by Jesus Rodriguez

Point of View by Jesus Rodriguez

Money come money go Follow the rhythm go with the flow High school come mindsets change Don’t you find that kinda strange? Every day we make new friends Perfect start, but there’s the end To get to the top, it’s ‘bout respect If you don’t give that then what you expect? As day play its…

Pretty Bird by Katherine Secaida

Pretty Bird by Katherine Secaida

She expanded her wings to her nearest best Because she felt as if she was nothing but less She flew away from the dark shade before the lights fade to a darker shade Tree is so high so she wondered how she’d fly She’d fall but she’ll fly right back up with her broken wing…

Enervate by Heaven Vidana Munoz

Enervate by Heaven Vidana Munoz

You see me. You hear me. I seem strong. I say I’ll fight hard. I’ll show him wrong. I work hard. I try to stay strong. But you’re right. Inside I am weak. Inside I am holding Millions of tears. When you bring him up, It feels as if I’m Losing the strings That hold…

Fatherless Girl by Jessica De La Mora

Fatherless Girl by Jessica De La Mora

No father no love wondering if I matter seeing my friends with their daddies listening to classmates talk about their dads how he took them to restaurants and shopping malls and told a boy something, defending his little girl I’m lucky enough to remember him his hugs I mean, I think they’re memories either that…

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