Here’s What I’m Telling You

By Samah Hamid, TIWP Student Inspired by a line from Eve Ensler’s poem “Manifesta to Young Women and Girls” Voice your thoughts.Love yourself.Travel the world.Surround yourself with the people you love.Be kind but firm.It’s okay to feel.Follow your dreams.Realize how strong you are.Be confident.It’s okay to be a little ‘feminine,’ whatever that means.You don’t needContinue reading “Here’s What I’m Telling You”

How to Change the World

By Hettie Van Dyke, TIWP Student do not be afraid, my child.do not be afraid to run,to leap,to fly.do not be afraid to love everyoneeverythingeven yourself.do not be afraid to be everything you want to be,to drape yourself in velvet and pearlsand coat each person’s tongue with your dreams,your imagination melting in their mouth likeContinue reading “How to Change the World”

Impossible Emotions

By Kea Yoshinaka, TIWP Student Sometimes, I don’t know how to find the word for how I’m feeling, so I describe it. This is me describing my impossible emotions. Being left in an abandoned parking lot during a storm. Jolting awake from a dream.Laughing until you can’t breathe.Falling on your face in front of a crowd. Waves inContinue reading “Impossible Emotions”

From Pebbles to Birthday Candles

By Yellow, TIWP Student What if I’m the only one staring out my window waiting for the sound of a pebble tapping glass to pull me out of my misery?What if I’m the only one who wasted all their birthday wishes?What if I’m the only one who wants to be whisked away?What if I’m theContinue reading “From Pebbles to Birthday Candles”