Poetry On Odyssey: Thankful

Poetry On Odyssey: Thankful

Nothing should ever be considered permanent, so it is important to be thankful for the blessings you have

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Within my short time here,

I have come to find that nothing is permanent,

And in that regard,

Nothing should ever be considered permanent.

We approach others with protruding sensations of false security,

And within those falsifications,

We fall.

We fall in love,

We fall in trust,

We fall into the arms of comfort.

As we become comfortable with the world around us,

We fall deeper into our sense of self.

We learn to live,

To laugh,

To love,

Though the strangest thing of all,

Is that we do not always learn how to let go.

- - -

Letting go of things is normative,

A natural process of life.

Nothing should ever be considered permanent,

So we must prepare ourselves for when the clock strikes time -

Time to let go.

We build walls within ourselves,

Raising our guards to the highest of points,

Yet it is not until the bottom piece of land is yanked from beneath us,

And we experience the great descend into the depths of the ocean,

That we find ourselves falling out of love,

Falling out of trust,

Falling out of the arms of comfort.

Instead, we find ourselves forced to let go of the places and people

We once called home.

- - -

Nothing should ever be considered permanent.

Family is given.

Friendships are received.

Love is earned.

The takers,

The recipients,

And the givers themselves

Are continuously fleeting,

As are the lives we aimlessly wander through each day.

In this time of Thanksgiving,

We must strengthen these fleeting bonds,

These gifts we have been given,

The love we have obtained,

The parts of the souls that we sell for nothing in return.

Nothing should ever be considered permanent,

So we must appreciate all that we have.

All that we are.

All that we continue to be.

- - -

We must remain thankful.

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Frida Kahlo's Struggles

The Harships of the Famous Artist
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Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist, struggled through many hardships throughout her life. She went through chronic physical illness, a turbulent marriage, and the heartbreak of three miscarriages. Kahlo's works were seen as vulgar and shocking, but were much more profound than they seemed.

At the age of eighteen, Frida was involved in a tragic train-on-bus accident. A rod went through her abdomen, and doctors were surprised she lived. She quoted, after the accident, that the "handrail pierced me the way a sword pierces a bull." The accident dislocated her spine in several areas, and gave reoccurring pains to her shoulder, legs, and feet. In her painting The Bus, (1929) Kahlo recollects her moments before the chaos and agony. This suffering is reflected through her works where she is bedridden, sitting, or even with a mournful look upon her face. The accident changed her life, and it is shown strongly through her works.

Kahlo's relationship with Rivera also made a large impact on her art. In her painting Self-Portrait as a Tehuana, also known as Diego in My Thoughts (1943), Kahlo is depicted with Rivera's face painted across the middle of her forehead. As strange and striking as the piece looks, it represents how often Rivera is on her mind. She created this piece after their divorce, which makes it all the more depressing. Roots are also shown sprawling around Kahlo's head, meaning that she wishes to tie down Rivera to her thoughts and to keep him there eternally. Despite how Rivera treated Kahlo, he is included in many of her paintings, as both a positive and negative figure.

Frida endured three miscarriages throughout her life with Rivera, as well. In one of her most graphic paintings, My Birth (1932.) While the name is deceiving, it is mostly pointed toward her first miscarriage. Rivera inspired Kahlo to document her life through paintings, and tried to capture her birth, but this detailed and powerful painting was the result. A dead human head is shown coming out of the mother, but the mother's head is covered by a sheet, symbolizing that the death of the baby also killed Frida emotionally. It could also depict her mother's recent death. Either of these are a logical explanation to the sheet pulled over the body of the mother.

Frida's paintings are often misunderstood, and make people feel uncomfortable, which is possibly exactly what she wanted. Kahlo was realistic with her works, and did not bend the truth. She intricately demonstrated her hardships through her artwork and has made an impact on her admirers. She is honest to her audience, and did not hide a single feeling she felt toward Diego, her family, and others. Kahlo is an icon in art, life, and her works will be better understood once people dedicate their time to realizing the life and situations that inspired her to create such pieces.

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Black Pearl: A Poem

There's no turning back on this one way street.

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so i drive

away from the

flashing lights and

my parents' advice

towards lonely nights.


so i speed up

when nostalgia sinks in.

red, yellow, green

i'm the new street queen.


so i don't stop

when the sirens

blare and my vision

begins to blur

it's a split decision.


underage drinking

and driving at 17

a broken tail light blinking

a death no one had foreseen.


so i drive

to be free from

the lies and hate.

so i drive

to be free from

my insecurities and regret.

so i drive

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