this poem wasn’t planned

i would never
suggest you
trying to be me.

for it is tiring
and sometimes
i cannot wrap
the things that
happen in my
brain.

for i always
feel the sense
of loss and
dream of it
often.

i hurt myself
with my own
thoughts.

i hurt myself
with every
moment i
think about
my past.

and when things settle,
there are times that i
don’t know who i am.
and how i got here.

some kind of self-love

i have found to be
that love is not
as cruel as people
make it out to be.

that although
painful, it is
worthwhile
to have love.

the love that
you have for
yourself,
within
y o u r s e l f .

the love for
yourself
that carries you
and takes you
across oceans.

a type of self-love
that no one can
take away,
no matter who
comes along.

a love for
yourself
that is worth
breathing in
and living.

a self-love that
you will wade for.

a letter to the moon

dear moon,

come sing to me
on the nights
i feel lonely.

know that you can
tell me your
darkest secrets
for i have them too.

please share with me
what the stars
have planned,
yet keep me
in suspense.

may i keep
you company?
you remind me
of myself.

sometimes i look
at you and wonder
if the clouds blanket
you with safety
when you don’t
want to be seen..

because the weight
of the world
probably rest on you,
knowing that i am
not the only person
writing this letter
to the moon.

your d*** is showing

silenced by men
and their greed
because they feel
the need to
speak for me.

sit down and
watch as i
speak for myself
want for myself
need for myself
l o v e & s a v e
m y s e l f

every

single

time

with or without him

if your feminism was real,
then you wouldn’t speak for
us in one poem and bash us
in the next stanza.

– gretchen gomez

oh hi, i wrote a thing

people like me have been
silenced since the age of 11

people like me stopped
creating words for years
because of other people’s words

fuck people and their hurtful words
fuck people who are supposed to
inspire
but
harm
instead

i need you to write
and write
and write
and write

even if it sounds like everyone else

w r i t e