This poem was originally published on The Pittsburgher’s predecessor, The Dog Door Cultural.
Consider this a letter to you
The male who wears what his mother likes
This is written for the girl
who cannot find it in herself to stand in the shower
to rid her hair of her grandfather’s cigarette.
This is addressed and stamped
to the grandmother who does not know who this girl is, that I am.
It is apparent to me that being pretentious for 18 years
was more important than hearing my voice.
This letter was jammed into a white envelope
and slapped in the face
With a five dollar bill and with a smack of her lips,
it was sealed.
This is for the kids who treat Sunday’s like Sacramento
and staring at those white, cyan clouds is God teasing us
of the Heaven we have never visited.
Consider these lyrics
Hell, consider me the singer.
As this is printed to the kids who walk the sidewalks home.
This is to the kids who do not only step over the cracks
although they could have broken their Mother’s back
for screaming and crying.
This is an intricate novel with a hard rock spine
accompanied by two paper blankets
that protect its deepest
And I will tell you that this is signed to the kids.
To the children who bite their nails,
the ones who chew their brittle fingers.
To the kids who ride their bicycles,
they will jump off into the grass
just to feel alive.
This is for the kids
who try to explain to their parents that they are hurting.
This is to the kids who are afraid of making them cry
the ones who kiss them goodnight
and wipe a tear from their eye.
To the kids who walk
in black and white
And I am sure they remember the words to the fight
that broke up a family.
this time in a cold
even the radio could not possibly drown out.
So I ask you to consider this a biography.
A biography of a child
a child who painted a room dandelion yellow
in hopes of murdering the darkness.
A child who ripped down the blinds and opened all of the doors.
They so desperately wanted to allow some life
Where things never grew.
A smile is all they wished for a white daisy,
a song about something more.
Honey sweeter than sweetest from Burt’s Bees that lived in the trees
to praying on pews
Consider this a 5000 word count essay
to be handed in by Tuesday and let me tell you,
the stress of yesterday
depreciates the best of me.
This is to the kids with Straight A’s
and to the kids with nothing at all
I see you.
A binder full of paper and a mind full of raw emotions
that make you want to split your ends
and hairspray your flowers just so they can enjoy January.
This is a kiss blown in the wind to be caught as a voice recording.
This is to the kids who see everything
yet they say nothing at all.
To the kids who love unconditionally
yet still manage to fall,
you will be 22 someday living with nothing or maybe an abundance of it all.
but I must tell you that this is all ahead of us
this plan that is destined for the rest of us
consider this a letter to you. ▲
Julia Ferreira attends the University of Ottawa, majoring in Digital Journalism. Her writing inspiration comes primarily from memory: childhood memory and experiences she has endured.