I Knew My Life was Different by Dewan Thompson

I Knew My Life was Different by Dewan Thompson

At a very young age I knew my life was different from most of the kids that I played with at elementary and middle school. I knew that not having a father, or even a father figure, in my life was going to be hard. But I didn’t use that as an excuse. I used…

From Sorrow to Understanding  by Annabelle Granados

From Sorrow to Understanding by Annabelle Granados

He left. He left us to be the baddy he chose to be. I was six years old when my dad walked out on my mom and me. It’s had a huge impact on my life. Years later, I found out he’s been in and out of jail for many terrifying reasons. He wasn’t the…

The Tattoo BY Miranda Hughes

The Tattoo BY Miranda Hughes

Pain? That was the last thing on my mind. I was more concerned that my father would find out that his 16-year-old daughter, his only daughter, was deep in the ‘hood, sitting in a stranger’s living room being tattooed, without his knowledge or consent. But that didn’t matter because once the needle pierced the upper…

When I was Fourteen BY Michelle Cardoza

When I was Fourteen BY Michelle Cardoza

My stepdad tried to kill my mother when I was 14. He was the only father I ever had. Never did I imagine being in this position. Never did I think our father-daughter relationship would break apart. Never did I think my lovely daddy could be capable of killing the woman I love and admire…

I Noticed by Edwin Noguera

I Noticed by Edwin Noguera

As I was walking down the street from my home, I noticed that my life had changed. I noticed that my childhood was gone. I noticed that I had responsibilities now— that I have to take care of my mom. I noticed that I have a job, one I never wanted when I was a…

A Mistake by Nelvia Marin

A Mistake by Nelvia Marin

3 men 1 down A coward And a man with bloody hands A gun set off a bullet to the chest The warmness and pain this man must feel on his chest The pain of the family, you no longer have a son Just pain The pain of a wife with no love, a child…

I Am Not Easily Labeled by Jeannie Cajas

I Am Not Easily Labeled by Jeannie Cajas

I am not easily labeled I wonder why things are the way they are I hear people mocking me I see those who said they cared turn away I want to be a better version of me I am not easily labeled I pretend to be full of smiles, but I am not full of…

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…

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