To the Woman Who Will Fall in Love With Me

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I am not a gentle soul. I am not the field of flowers, but the skittering bugs and wild songbirds surrounding it. I am not a tranquil sea, quiet and deep, but the raging waves miles above the sand. I am not a jar of iced tea on the porch […]

How To Be Successful

By Hannah Simmonds, TIWP Student Is it the money, the education, the houses, the cars or the expensive jewelry? Or is it the joy, the wide open spaces, the faded blue jeans, laughing children and love? Why has America painted a picture of success and happiness as money and a full time job and a […]

Knowing Your Power

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student Look at her. So bright, so creative, so unaware. She will change the world, but she doesn’t know it yet. She only hears her parent’s criticism. She only sees her classmate’s rude stares. She is not aware of the power she holds. She radiates energy and light when she walks […]

Awkward

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student I’m probably the most socially awkward person you’ll ever meet. And not like the cute socially awkward where your voice goes a little high-pitched and childish, and your smile’s all demure, and it doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable. No, my awkwardness is professional. My voice goes into a monotone, I […]

Anger

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP Student Anger. Where does anger come from? It never starts off as anger. It comes from somewhere. It comes from something or someone that makes you upset or annoyed. It might be a mask to cover up sadness. It could be a reflex to protect yourself from being hurt because you […]

Love Yourself

By Amy, Age 14, TIWP Student Look at her. Her hair, her nails, her skin, her style – everything about her is flawless. She could pull off any look. You could never be like her. You try, but you try too hard, it backfires, and then you care too little. While she’s still there, perfect […]

The Fridge

By Bella Temkin, TIWP Student “Your innocent understanding of the world moves toward something messier and more complicated, and once it does, you can never go back…” — Khaled Hosseini When I was young, my eyes were strangers compared to the ones I cradle now. They saw things with more hope. I believe that’s the […]

Focus

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student Crazy you might say When you see me The way I react when the water drips Or when you talk to your friends over the teacher Only you will understand when your ears buzz everyday When your head hurts from all the noises When you tap your fingers seven times […]

I Will Not

By Izzy G., TIWP Student I will not hold on to what doesn’t serve me. I will not give up what I know for sure. I will not whisper my secret into the microphone. I will not stop my clock for your race. I will not pretend to feel insecure. I will not put on […]

Empowerment

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student It is okay to let go. It is okay to forget. It is okay to move on—because the warm hues of true happiness can only seep through the souls of the free. I was once trapped, held captive by the longing for a rewind button. But I wanted to be […]