Poems 2017

  • Ale Mercado illustration for It don't Matter To Us poem

    It Don’t Matter To Us

    Kids in agony at home waiting on hospital beds Been waiting two years, the urgency’s gone to red See their stories on the news, the next day it’s out of our heads Sure why would we care? It don’t matter to us. One of Mam’s friends on her way home from town The next day […]

  • 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


    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


    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 That Single question poem

    That Single Question

    For who knows how many years, People have been pondering, Asking themselves that single question, What is the purpose of my life? From when I was a small child, I always knew what I wanted to do, I was going to be an artist, and share my art with the world. Never once did I […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Bad News poem

    Bad News

    The legs weaken, frozen cold. The body shivers, the coldness of that word. The mind stops, frozen in time. The heart races, against the cold wind of that word. The eyes cry, facing the frozen air. The word is as cold as winter. The word is, death.

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Today poem


    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, […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for A Foggy Future

    A Foggy Future

    At first, I had it all figured out. My future, that is. I knew what courses I wanted to do; What colleges to attend. But now, I’m not so sure. My once bright and clear future Has become shrouded in fog, With no clear path of where to go. I’ve been told by many people […]

  • Illustration by Alé Mercado for poem Bullying


    It will make you fight to breathe It will make you think the darkest things It will visit you every day, taunting you It will make you cry every last year until you are emotionless and empty It will write your story where you can’t change the ending It will smother you and try to […]

  • Illustration by ale Mercado for Decide Me Poem

    Decide Me

    Why is my future dependent on political somebodies who say they’ll do this or that for me? I see thousands of people supporting hate they say kill them, deny them that, and rate the value of a person’s life on their money and white supremacy. I see a country following Trump and Cruz and I […]

  • Illustration by Ale Mercado for Footsteps


    I walk down a dark and vacant street I hear the sound of rustling leaves and my moving feet Shadows creep along the concrete walls The rhythm of my heart quickens as my chest rises and falls The moon is hidden behind the backlit whisky clouds Darkness is spelled across the alleyways and there isn’t […]

  • Illustration by Ale Mercado for Have a Moment

    Have A Moment

    Have a moment, Take one, Swap whatever’s your dear Whatever’s near, Give it here and I’ll give you a moment Feel it In your hands, Grip it tight, Don’t let it slip, Use all your might to keep it, Cuz it’ll soar away and away what a sight. I once had a moment , I […]