Fire

By Sofia Ruiz, TIWP student I hate it when you burn my grasping fingertips. But I love the warmth, and the moment before the sting – I am invincible. I don’t need someone to tell me that I am alright. I don’t need you to comfort me. I got my own back. People warn me that I’m playing […]

I Love

By Emily C., TIWP Student I love the way the ground smells after it rains—fresh and clean and new. I love the way the flowers flow in the wind, hugging each other with every gust of wind that comes their way. I love the way the sun rises and sets everyday and produces colors in […]

A To Do List of Love

By Megan Lewis, TIWP student Fall in love with the complexity of falling leaves in September. Take inspiration from your power to create—and your freedom to choose this power. Understand that what you love may someday break your heart. Find small beauties in common places like bus stops or coffee stands. Take note of the […]

My Verbal Space

By Izzy Gravano, TIWP Student I think about the verbal space as a balloon or brown paper bag with an opening at one end, breathing in….and out. The bad stuff filling it up as an inhale, then an exhale with relief. Words dance on the sound waves like a bow shot from an arrow going […]

Leaving

By Riley McCormick, TIWP student There’s nothing quite like crying at your computer at 5PM, tears rolling down your cheeks between twin size duvet covers and decorative picture frames that you know will only hold memories in a year’s time. There’s nothing quite like crying while finishing a housing application, sobs breaking your heart as […]

Thoughts from the Floor of a Bathroom During a Bat Mitzvah

By Harper Bergquist, TIWP Student My sister is popular and it really is irritating me because she has 10,000 friends and I have two. Hiding in the bathroom is not the best way to spend a party. I complain way too much. I’m glad you didn’t leave me on Monday because I was hella sad […]

I Didn’t Know This Was Inside Me

By Charlotte Houston, TIWP Student If anyone ever makes you feel small, do remember you are vast and limitless. The other day I learned that there is no storage capacity for our brains. I always thought that I needed to let go of useless information like my old best friend’s landline in order to make […]

A Simple Flow Chart to Improve Humanity

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP student I don’t think it’s possible to make the world completely good or completely horrible. All we can do is solve the problems we see in front of us and move onto the new issues that inevitably pop up. First end slavery, then get black men the vote, then get women […]

Now Is The Time

By Loryn Nieto, TIWP student Sometimes we need try to be good. We need to swallow our pride and open our eyes to the world. We’re all tired. We’re all frustrated. We’re convinced “it’s not worth it.” Sometimes we need to make it worth it. We have to give because to give is to get. […]

Your Unfettered Howl

By Izzy Gravano, TIWP Student You pin up your hair and buckle your shoes and smile in the mirror. You like the way the gravel sounds when it grinds underneath your sneakers. The wind makes your nose pink and you dream of the day when the love and care for yourself radiates around you in […]