Romeo and Juliet Inspired Poetry

Poetry On Odyssey: Star Crossed

She was the sun; but more importantly, she was my sun.

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Recently, I decided to go through my book collection, and I came across my old, worn copy of Shakespeare's famous play "Romeo and Juliet" that, truthfully, was a forced buy for school. With hesitance (as I originally didn't enjoy the play), I decided to give it another try, and I surprisingly found myself falling in love with it: the story line, the characters and their ultimate, eternal love story.

One line especially, where Romeo and Juliet are described as "star-crossed lovers" always stops me and causes me to reflect. The idea of a love written in the stars is something everyone tries to grab and hold onto, but to find one is extremely rare. To be "star-crossed" thus means to be thwarted in plans by the universe or simply, not meant to be. It inspired me to write this poem about the moon falling in love with the sun, but in the end, they also remain star-crossed lovers.


she was the sun.

more importantly,

she was my sun.


one that was fueled

by her own internal fire—

by her own drive, by her own spirit—

and could ignite the room

simply by her presence.


she was my sun.

but unfortunately,

she was the sun.


the same sun that rose when i slept

but slept when i woke

and brought light to an entire world

while i could only exist

in the darkness

of her absence.


and although our celestial bodies

could have never coexisted,

i found comfort in the fact that

we do share the same sky.

because although only half was mine,

half was hers,

as such my heart.


she was the sun; she was my sun.

but i could never

be hers.

Disclaimer: This is work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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The Reason We Are So Obsessed With Celebrities Has An Actual Historical Reason

“Celebrity" is a commercial market, and we are the target with every cookie we consent to.

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We all obsess about a thing or two. For me, there was Lilly Singh who forced me into a YouTube obsession. What followed was an extreme obsession with all things Bollywood. I wanted all things related to Bollywood and Lilly Singh.

Why did I want to devour every single thing that surrounded my idols? Why did I spend money to own little pieces of them?

Because that's what we're doing when we buy that autobiography or fragrance. We're trying to have a little piece of them, like the crowd who gathered to touch Jesus' cloak. We're dying to get a little closer to the divine, which is what celebrities are these days.

So why do we obsess over them?

Historians could point to Pharaohs, Emperors, and Queens and claim that our obsession has roots in the social order. The lower tier in this perceived hierarchy immerses themselves in the lives of the rich and famous as a way to feel closer to their luxuries. Or to dream of elevating to that level, which serves as a distraction from the monotonous and mundane life.

We can still see this at play when we're happy to hear about a celebrity mess-up. Even though we enjoy owning the products they endorse, we love seeing them as "ordinary" mortals.

Another explanation could come from theologians. They would point to worship of the Gods and Idols and draw parallels with our worship of "Rock Gods" and "Pop Idols" and ponder if Celebrity Fandom is a kind of Religion. In Pete Ward's introduction to Gods Behaving Badly: Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture, he argues that "Like Greek mythology and the stories of the saints, celebrity stories are people with the incredibly beautiful and the hopelessly flawed, with angels and demons, saints and sinners, the venerable and the venal. Celebrity stories are in many ways like morality tales. They portray possible ways of being good or bad, faithful or unfaithful, ideal or not ideal."

We increasingly use celebrities as our moral compass, especially when we identify our moral stances with the intersection of politics and celebrity culture. Psychologists could talk all day about how the answers may lie with an individual's low self-esteem and poor mental health. They would cite how we aren't happy with ourselves so we attempt to imitate our idols and submerge ourselves in their lives to escape our own. It's a vicious cycle of obsessing to feel better, followed by feelings of inadequacy.

For me, however, it was about feeling connected to them because I loved them, even when I felt everything above in addition to depressive loneliness!

With today's technology, celebrities' lives are sold, shipped and displayed across our screens and social platforms almost instantly. Celebrity is a commercial market and we are the target with every cookie we consent to.

If you search for breastfeeding, you end up seeing an interview with Kristen Bell. If you like Marvel, you see a hunky picture of Chris Hemsworth. When you share a post by the NRA, you get a suggestion to add Donald Trump. If you follow Taylor Swift, you get a whole bunch of other suggested follows. And the list goes on.

People used to be paranoid about subliminal messages influencing them, but it has changed these days! It's overloaded with power, and it works. They're drowning us, yet we still thirst for more!

Many factors contribute to our obsession with celebrity culture, but at the root of it, history has shown that it's nothing new. Humans have always observed the worship of ancient gods and held a long-time fascination with the aristocracy!

But for most of us, we simply desire to become more like the gods we admire, and the rest is just good gossip!

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