Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's something that no one knows about me?

One of my goals in life is to write and publish a poetry book.

The writer inside of me has always dreamed of becoming an author. As I kid, I used to love reading Shel Silverstein’s poetry books. I read Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up over and over again. I remember thinking that I also wanted to create something from within me.

I still want to use my words to connect and inspire people. I would love to do that with poetry. I don’t know what theme I would pick for my poetry book I’ve collected my poems over the years and they come from very different spaces in my life. But I’m hoping I find recurring themes or some sort of story to tell in my collection of poems. 

Here are three poems from my collection: Ocean Tides 2012, Forgiveness 2012, and Awakening 2016.


And in a mere moment,
The light of your touch evades me
It flees with the set of the sun
And rise of the cold moon

For our time is set by the retreat and conquer of ocean tides
Where we ride destiny's waves into joy
And inescapably drown in its pain

For we are of pure moments,
Awaiting our time
Where we may rise and fall with ocean tides
And awake with the set of the sun
And die with the rise of the cold moon
And maybe we'll embrace a mere moment,
When we can be once more


And when flowers of dew,
found sunlight's kiss,
Her soul ever did sigh

Gates of green bent gracefully to the wind,
And brown staircases to heaven
Bowed in respect

For her eyes of drought,
Once filled with ocean tides;
That inhaled and exhaled,
With the rise and set of the moon
Finally softened with flowers of dew

So her heart of granite,
Finally crumbled,
To beat, to breathe,
To pulse with fire

For her eyes of drought,
Found flowers of dew,
When gates of green opened,
And brown staircases led to the heavens,
Her heart pulsed with fire once more.


In the midst of the day,
Her mind awakened
And her mouth came to say;
Who am I meant to be?
Where am I meant to stay?
Am I really me?
Or who society determines today?

In the midst of the day,
Her identity came to question and matter
She realized she could use her voice
In the present and in the latter

And in the midst of the day,
She decided she could say
She decided she could choose
What she would leave,
What risks she would take,
And what she would work to achieve

And at the midst of the day,
Her mind awakened
And her mouth came to say,
I will be who I dream to be
I will create a place for my stay
I will embrace and create me
Not what society determines today

And in the midst of the day,
She used her voice to say what matters
In the present and in the latter

The only people who I’ve ever shared my poems with are my mom, boyfriend, and very few girlfriends. This is a nerve wracking thing that I’m sharing with you today especially since it’s something that no one else really knows about me.

What is something that no one knows about you?


This post is in collaboration for American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2017 #WeAllCan Campaign.
Photos: Miriam Subbiah 


  1. Love the location, the message and your dress! Lovely post

  2. You're beautiful inside and out, Emma!

  3. This is just wonderful, I hope you achieve your dream some day.

  4. You are an incredible writer!! Those three poems are so beautiful! Go get that poetry book written!! This romper is so fun and cute for Summer BTW.