Empty Rich World

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student in a world full of waterfalls and neon skies and endless fields, why should the toxic words of a teenage puppet be the tyrant of my brain for hours on end? in a world full of fresh orange groves and sacred ancient temples and twinkling stars, why should the standards […]

The Temple I Call My Mirror

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “i found god in myself & i loved her, i loved her fiercely.” —Ntosake Shange i found god in the stripes that wrapped her skin i found god in the waist that stretched when she laughed i found god in the fingertips that navigated her ship so wildly i found […]

Andy

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I’m dedicating every day to you You outshine the morning sun Stand bright against the evening stars Are more admired than the midnight moon Surely there must have been a time Or a place Or a universe Where I was free to love you As much as you deserve A […]

Asking and Not Receiving

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student He stands on the corner. People speed past him, careful to avoid eye contact. They have what he needs. He waits and waits. Does he feel anger? Is he angry with them or with himself? He holds a cardboard sign across his chest. It shields his heart from piercing stares. […]

Do Pigeons Have Feelings

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Do pigeons have feelings? Or do they just live their life taking food from people and then shit on their windshields. Do pigeons feel love? Or do they just fly solo. Do pigeons communicate? Or do they just make mindless noise. Do you have feelings? Or did you just take […]

A Newfound Mantra

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student there was a new voice that kept you company it lingered around the feet that kept you grounded and made you say “yes i am” it swayed beside the hips that kept you untamed and made you say “yes i am” it nestled between the breasts that let you bloom […]

The Mask

By Bella Temkin, TIWP Student If masks are only in cartoons, then that is what our world must be. To comprehend that they exist, you must see beneath. So sweet, so pure they are, reeking of innocence and whispering of addictive fantasies. Only the strong can curb the temptation. Only the real can conquer the […]

Why Are We Here?

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student If fire dances, why do we stand still? If a river runs, why do we walk? If rain falls, why do we never leave the ground? If trees sway, why are we stiff? Where is our passion? Why do inanimate objects spark more change than we do? A river can […]

This Is My Love

By Isabella G., TIWP Student I want to fight for a kind of love that means something.  I want to fight for a love that opens the door for me, and holds my hand when it needs to be held.  I want a love different from anyone else’s. I want a love that bleeds outside […]

Mother Earth

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student (Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day, in which she asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”) you begin a moon round, yellow, and almost too full beyond the trees behind the world you burn and melt and drip into […]