The Problem



I’ll never admit it out loud,

but, yes, that’s the problem.

It’s the one thing that everyone sees,

but no one explicitly says.

It’s the thing that only affects me

and everyone else has forgotten.

It’s why my smile has dimmed,

my eyes water,

my words are short,

and my touch is cold.

It’s not the only problem,

but it is the problem.

The problem that torments me

and pretends to never go away,

but it will

because I’m better than that,

but you’ll never know

because I’ll never admit it out loud.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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