Poetry, Writing

Washing the Value off of Dirty Money

On hands and knees my wrists move
with the rhythm of my labored breathing,
scrubbing these floors and hoping
that working just hard enough
can wash away the sins of this system
we didn’t ask to be a part of,
dreaming of some restitution
for all the stolen youth,
praying for some peace of mind
in the heads of all the weary
young and hopeless,
imaging a resistance
to the self-indulgent hands reaching into
our futures,
because shame on them
for breaking our backs
with the burden of their debts and desires.


Old News

A lifetime ago, you were the talk of the town,
But lately you’ve noticed that you’ve gone unnoticed,
And you’re a stranger to their attention.

They pulled the carpet right from under
Your fading feet;
How could they?

Those moments when time was on your side
And they were your friends–
Those moments are long gone.
Where’s your place in the stars?

That dream is all you’ve ever known,
And you don’t know how to live
With the realization that you’ve fallen down into

How bitter, How bitter!
America, you’re no longer in your prime!

You’re no longer their fancy,
And they don’t even remember your name.

You now see that you’re not as
as you thought you were,

and your jokes aren’t as
as you’d always imagined.

Essays, Writing

A New Generation: Millennial Rising


Lena Dunham once said, “I think I am the voice of my [the millennial] generation,” but most of the time, I wonder about what that voice sounds like. Who exactly are we? Categorically, the term millennial represents the people who were born from the 1980s-2000s, so those of us in our teens and 20-somethings.

Other names used to define our generation: Generation Y, Digital Natives, Generation Me, Echo Boomers, The Dumbest Generation, and more.
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Essays, Writing

The Underrated Offerings of the Internet

1991. My birthday, and the year the internet was made accessible to the public. What a doozy! No, but for real, the internet has transformed human life in the most unimaginable ways. I can’t say from memory, because well, the internet has been around as long as I have. But I’ve heard stories! Like, remember those times when you had a question, and had to get the answer, you either a) phone a friend, b) drive down to the library to hunt through books for who-knows-how-long, or c) just… not know the answer.


Before the Internet

Image Credit: The New Yorker

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Progress Is Two-Faced

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