Online Poetry Publication

  • Ale Mercado illustration for The Perfect Profile by Sinead Flynn

    The Perfect Profile

    Living through a screen. Comparing, judging Self-worth based on likes Your recent profile Insecurities, anxieties Slowly building Scrolling, scrolling Passing time Anonymous users Immature losers A world obsessed A world depressed Not knowing when To unplug, switch off Stuck In an endless sea of negativity. Stop Shutdown, cut down Put down. Don’t drown. Breathe. It’s […]

  • Help the People illustration by Ale Mercado

    Help The People

    There are people, half way across the world. They are scared. They fear for their lives and their families’ lives. They flee from their homes, in hope of a better life. They make the hard journeys, the tough ones. They cross oceans. Some won’t make it, some will. They hide in trucks to cross borders. […]

  • Illustration for home by Ale Mercado

    Home

    Blocks of flats on the Ballymun road, My brain’s gone into bleedin’ overload. Ma’s on the couch and i just can’t see How the hell she came up with me. Walking down the street Where the greenmen meet, Couldn’t see it then They were so discreet. Ma’ grabbed my by the arm, No she didn’t […]

  • Ale Mercado Illustration for My Poem by Louise Kelly

    My Poem

    They say education is most important Yet my first day of secondary school I got given out to Because I had 2 pairs of earrings in my ears They say education is most important Yet they seem more focused On if we have our hair dyed too colourful Or if we don’t have acceptable shoes […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Sixteen poem

    Sixteen

    The silence streams, Winding its way down blind canals, Quenching screams behind closed doors. There’s always a whisper that worms its way through And from that I believe that all the knowledge in my mind has emerged, Caught in hushes Swept among the rushes And places I wasn’t supposed to be, My person forged from […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Metamorphosis poem

    Metamorphosis

    To my sister, age 7 Still learning, discovering Innocent and young Wanting so much to grow up but Little do you know That growing up isn’t all that great Growing up means disappointment Growing up means midnight tears Deafening daylight laughter Screaming mirrors Growing up means pressure and loneliness But growing up isn’t all that […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Today poem

    Today

    Yesterday cannot hide; its shapes scrutinised, hues criticised, scoffed and treasured equally – a Renaissance masterpiece! Separately, barely distinguishable from the countless, the many. Harshly real, an eerie image or chance to feel. Brushstrokes of memories, completing a masterpiece. The honest framed in Yesterday. Tomorrow is an abstract. Illegible, but open and unending. Uncertainty, unease, […]