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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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

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