Poem, Writing

a mantra for the broken


you are broken


but it is not this

brokenness that

becomes you

rather it is what you do

with the parts left

inside your soul

that determines 

what you



so use this time

for becoming-


listen to music not because

you love it but

because you are



write words on 

torn paper to

make sense of your feelings when

what you feel doesn’t make



daydream not 

for hopelessness’s sake but

for the sake of replacing

the nightmares you have

convinced yourself are



grow, not

in spite of the storm but

because of the rain

the storm brings


let this lost period

nurture you,

sit with the seeds that

are too ambitious for

your apprehension and

make friends with dreams

far loftier than your

place on the ground


because this is how you climb.


nothing in your life has

trained you for this

yet at the same time

it is only

your past experiences

that make this journey



your past is what makes you



this growth makes the future



don’t give up 

on what is still


marin poleshek

hi! my name is marin, and i am a rising senior at homewood high school. i love to read, write, run, bake, and hike. my favorite color is forest green, and i am currently obsessed with waffles and ranch fries 🙂

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