What is Community?

Community is when there’s a baseball game in the park for preschoolers every weekend

and all the neighbors come to watch.


Community is when there’s a neighborhood block party

and everybody brings a dish to share.


Community is when you have a horrible lemonade stand

Drinks made from the powder that have been sitting out in the sun for hours

but neighbors still come to buy a cup.


Community is when you have an extra hour

and you shovel the sidewalk and your neighbor’s driveway

before the snow gets too heavy.


Community is when you bake gingerbread cookies for the whole block

To spread the Christmas cheer.




Community is when you do a little extra for your neighbors and work together

And then community can mean that there comes unity.


I am from…

I am from Chinese food so spicy that your tongue goes numb.


I am from the piano, my fingers running up and down each key, recreating the melodies of Mozart and Bach.


I am from the water, swimming until my legs give out, but also finding peace in the silence underwater.


I am from the snow, making snowballs and snow angels until my nose turns red and my hands are colder than the snow itself.


I am from loud celebrations with my relatives with sparkling cider and karaoke.


I am from my mistakes, my self-discoveries, my friends, my family, my sadness, and my happiness.


Mass Shootings Poem

If there was a law changed for every rally since February, we would have more than 300 gun control laws in place.


If we had a minute of silence for everybody who has died since 1996 from a mass shooting, we would have 1,091 minutes of silence. Nearly 18 hours, Three-fourths of a day.


If there was a change made in school security, 21 schools would still have all their students. 214 kids who have lost their lives and their bright futures from a gun.


So what I’m asking you is why kids need to practice active-shooter drills in school when they should be learning about their ABC’s?


Why do I need to be looking for the nearest exit at a movie theater “just in case”?


Why do my parents need to remind me to never turn my back to the exit for a fear that I’ll be the first one dead?


An 8 year old should not be worrying about how fast she has to run to get away from the shooter or where she should be hiding if a shooter ever entered the classroom.


So tell me why we aren’t taking action. Is a gun really more important than a child’s life? Or any life for that matter?





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