Minor Misfortunes of Being a Minor

The below poem was submitted anonymously through VeryLoudYouth’s “Speak it Loud” contest. It’s difficult to be a kid when you are right, Especially if all the world expects you to be wrong, Well, maybe not all, but most of them have lost sight, That kids sometimes go right just as adults go wrong. It’s difficult…

Interview: Kodi Okebalama

In a world where almost anything goes, children need to have boundaries. It is upsetting to hear about poverty, violence, and illiteracy around the world, but I am most upset by cultures that indulge youth who idolize unnecessary behaviors.

Where there is love

“The world is out to get me. I have known this. Every day it advances with minor attacks slowly taking bits of my willpower. Soon I will be left with nothing.’ The first day I met Ms. Hare, I listened to her perfect voice, and watched her tuck her perfect hair behind her perfect ear too…

The Boy who Wishes

Come see where he lays, his heart as it bleeds, See how he cries as he falls from the insults we hurl. Come feel the sting of the jokes we tell and the storm in his heart swell. Feel the burning flame that devours him from within. Come see the Boy who wishes his star…

For Our Children

For our children Their future and The dreams they carry We will choose Without compromise To love Yes without compromise We will love our children On their great and Not so great days We will love them in and out Every error and blemish Every wrong and Of course every right We will trust our…

“Words Don’t Hurt.”

I’d like to live in your world… Where words designed to sting like a bee’s venom, feel like its honey washing over my skin. Where words sharpened like arrows bounce back at those holding the bow. Where words shot through the barrel of a 45 fizzle in the wind. It was a simple comment. “Skinny…