poetry odyssey

Poetry on Odyssey: The Difference Between Good and Okay

A collection of poems written over six years' time.


I drown in thoughts and get swallowed by fear.

An everlasting volume of chance seems endearing,

yet so frightening.

Are we afraid of change

or the idea of crashing and burning?


They are the happiest sad people.

They are the ones who choose to feel,

to tap into their inner sadness.

They choose to allow their emotions to take over,

all for the art.

They don't drown in self pity,

they live off their depressive behaviors.

Their recklessness is for the passion,

not from denial.

Not from their need to liberate themselves from social constructs.

Not from inner hatred and self disapproval.

It's because they love themselves,

because they know who they are and what they want to be.

Artists aren't suppressed,

they are free.

It's as if you know how to control me,

to get under my skin,

and use it as a weapon.

You design your actions with spite,

you select words with backlash,

you develop intentions with deceit.

You choose to do everything in your power to control my mind.

Because you know very well that I can't myself.

You know how to take the mangled mess of thoughts and emotions in my soul,

and continue to tie knots only you can unravel.

It's because you know that I can't take it anymore,

you twist the knife as you dig a little deeper.

It was a deafening silence

in the room

where two people who loved each other

stood staring at one another.

Both at a loss for words,

muddled with confusion and disappointment.

Knowing there was no right action

for relieving the tension.

In the end,

there is only one option.

She brought out the best in you

and before she brings out the worst,

let her go and let me catch you.

I wish I could say the right words,

to take the pain away.

I'm at a loss for words but all I want to say is

"forget her, remember me."

Not everyone is going to believe in you…

and that's okay.

If you believe in yourself,

someone somewhere will do so too.

For what seems like an eternity,

is actually just a second.

Every second with you I experience an eternity.

Time is jumbled in my head.

But when I am with you,

it's not just time.

When I'm with you,

I can't think straight

but everything seems right.

Seems perfect.

Seems real.

I see life in your eyes.

Talking to you is like punching a brick wall.

It leaves you with only cuts,


And the feeling of emptiness.


The tire in your eye,

it can never dull the glow in your heart.

Just breathe.

When I was younger,

I would crawl into my parents bed at night with worry that the sun wouldn't rise again the next morning.

Worried that life could end in the blink of an eye.

At the time, I was worried about never having a first kiss,

never going to prom

or having a first dance with the boy I liked.

At this time, I have so many other worries

and when I look at the big picture,

those worries are all just irrelevant.

Because in the grand scheme of life,

they should never be worries.

Now I know the sun will rise in the morning,

I know what it is like to have my first kiss,

and to go to prom and to dance with the boy.

And instead of worrying, I should wonder.

I should dream of the next milestone and not fret about anything that could go wrong.

I've spent my life worrying and I now choose to live instead.

There were will lives taken to soon

that will miss the best moments of life.

They will lose innocence,


the chance to breathe.

They will lose all of it in a blink of an eye in a place they felt safest.

We must mourn,


and speak.

We must live and dream for those who no longer can themselves.


Cover Image Credit:

Anthony Mapp

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"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."

“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?


High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

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Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

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6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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