diamonds

You must relieve

Some of this pressure

You put on yourself,

We are not the earth

And this pressure will not

Turn us into diamonds;

Under such a weight

Humans are destined

To crumble.

secondhand emotions

When I found out
What happened to my mother
I was In grade 4, and heard it from a classmate
Who overheard a conversation
He probably shouldn’t have.

When I found out
What happened to my mother
My world came to a halt,
It was the first time I saw
How well pain can hide.

When I found out
What happened to my mother
I feared my sexuality,
I feared what I could do to others,
I feared what others could do to me.

When I found out
What happened to my mother
It didn’t change my love for her,
But it changed my world;
It was first time I knew
How truly unfair
Life could be.