Ocean Breeze By Daniel Ortiz

Ocean Breeze By Daniel Ortiz

I feel the ocean breeze Kicking back and smoking bomb tree Thinking of this world as a killing disease Like the air for the Japanese I know I got no school degree Not middle or even elementary But f__ it, I’m doing just fine eating seeds My mom saying don’t leave mi hijo, please With…

Life Changed by Nichole Landaverde

Life Changed by Nichole Landaverde

Regardless of the circumstances, what happened last year changed my life for the better. Walking towards the car where my mother was waiting after school on April 25, 2015, the sun felt warm on my shoulders. The sun was shining brightly at 3 o’clock. We drove off, heading to my grandma’s house as we usually…

From Us to Them By Emiria Henry

From Us to Them By Emiria Henry

How could she? I was only gone for a second.  Or was it a year?  A year that felt like a century. I had been replaced faster than I could blink. I see them together and I feel a sharp pain in my back; red, hot, blood pouring—and I catch a glimpse of a giant…

Again and Again By Arche Gososo 

Again and Again By Arche Gososo 

Innocence is given to us all at birth  But through the pollution of what’s around us  It is corrupted and tainted without mirth The pillars of family broken down one by one  All through your selfish actions An easy way in life is sought  But reaped the wrath of the law  Law and family both…

I Come from Where Violence is the Answer to Everything by Elsa Ramirez

I Come from Where Violence is the Answer to Everything by Elsa Ramirez

I come from a neighborhood where violence is the answer to everything Where being a project kid is a lifestyle Where girls get pregnant and their baby daddies get locked up in jail I come from a hood where no one wants to see you do better Where loyalty is questioned because the people who…

The Student by Tony Lopez

The Student by Tony Lopez

I taught myself how to smoke away my lonely mood, My momma taught me you should always tell the truth, Uncle Freddy taught me how to drink my pain away, My daddy taught me how to lie to my lady’s face, Lil Chris taught me how to flip my weed, Alan taught me life can…

I Remember by Yesenia Gomez

I Remember by Yesenia Gomez

Remember when you could sit on your father’s lap and cry like there was no tomorrow? I remember my dad’s lap used to be my favorite and safest place in the world. He was the one I would run to after school. He was the one who attended all my parent conference meetings. He was…

From That Corner House By Alfonso Manzo Casteneda

From That Corner House By Alfonso Manzo Casteneda

I remember growing up on that corner house where my mama and grandmother fed all of 9th Avenue in South Los Angeles. Every Sunday, my uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, and homeless people ate in our front yard. My grandmother was everyone’s street mom, someone any stranger could approach and ask for help, and she would…

Engraved in My Memory  by Grecia Jara

Engraved in My Memory  by Grecia Jara

I checked the time, 1:00 a.m. As my eyes glanced around the room, all I could see was my family, with expressions I can’t even describe. There was a sort of sadness in the entire room. I scrambled across the room and sat in my chair, pulled my knees up, and wrapped my arms around them….

Silently…  by Alyssa Huerta

Silently… by Alyssa Huerta

do you know it feels like…. to silently break apart those lonely nights… you’re alone… Those thoughts, the memories they remind you of what you thought Happiness was

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