Poems 2019

  • Ale Mercado illustration for File Is by Elizabeth Maley

    Life Is

    My life is bleached hair and blue skirts Fake nails and concerts Happiness and outbursts Problematic downturns Raising concerns and taking turns Taking pics and stirring up storms Fitting in with the norms While wearing the school uniform Life is school and life is home but life is only what you make it.

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Darkness by Faron Walsh

    Darkness

    The darkness comes the darkness goes It’s like a feeling that no one knows It’s a place where life ends It’s a place that twists and bends You never know what’s in front of you You never know what’s behind you When the light comes up you will have hope and then the only way […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for The Greatest Fear poem by Nicholas Lesniak

    The Greatest Fear

    Pain and tears like falling rain Flood your cheeks then fall away Shadows drift like clouds of smoke Gone adrift then gone astray. Hunger, death and daily work thank god for flight, like a bird. Sadness like unkept gravestones but no one sees the skin and bones. Beautiful landscapes fade to all but blurs. The […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for homecoming by Maeve Moran

    Homecoming

    It was steam between them no doubt, Indifferently waiting for a kettle to boil. She obviously liked her tea. He saw it in her smile From the other room – Lopsided and firm and Warmed in marmalade windows. She was the garden lady, One dog and a candle-lit bathroom. It’s the strangest thing, Chrysanthemum and […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Paradise by Zuzanna Charko

    Paradise

    On a warm summer morning As the sun began to rise I walked onto my balcony And looked around in surprise All the flowers I had planted All the animals around me Every strand of grass These things I can no longer see Instead there are tanks There are guns, there are knives There is […]

  • Ale Mercado image for "best of our lives" poem by Niamh Burke

    “best years of your life”

    Let’s start at school, “the best years of your life” Never once told about the efforts and strife At this strange age where u can be fueled by rage You begin to think it’s all bad But don’t stress, do not get sad For the years you concentrate on all that’s shite You miss all […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Poem Sliotar by Niamh Moore

    Sliotar

    Standing on the pitch with your hurl in your hand, Remembering all the tactics your coach has planned, The shouting, the screaming and the whistle blows – But what’s going through my head, nobody knows. Is it in my head, Or is playing something that I dread, The pressure of the game, If we lose […]

  • Ale Mercado image for Kind Poem by shalom Oyenuga

    Kind

    I’ve found it. The soothing balm to burning hate, A method free from crude debate, The key to peace we can create, It’s Kindness. I need it. When I’m confronted by these strangers’ faces, Shrinking, feeling out of place, A smile would slow my heart’s fast pace, Just Kindness. I feel it. When I’m surrounded […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for Holly Fitzgerald poem Beauty

    Beauty

    Beauty What is beauty? Only words our mother says To keep us happy While she doesn’t see it herself ‘My thighs are too big’ ‘Cheeks are too red’ She looks in the mirror As we cry in our beds Her hands hold mine I look into her eyes I tell her the truth I can […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for poem Blessed by Amie Ndure

    Blessed

    An escape world is one everyone seeks, How lucky I am to have my own, Five times a day with me and my lord. The feeling of serenity that I feel Is one that starts and finishes my day. How I wish you could feel what I do, From putting my head to the ground […]