The hate wants to conquer me.

The darkness wants to spread within.

An anger boils inside,

but I can’t give in.

Past all the black caves and each empty hole

shines a light so white

enough to brighten my soul.

I’ve fallen and tripped,

nearly settling with defeat,

but I’ve risen each time,

knowing this evil is one I can beat.

So, like the times before,

I’ll ignore temptation and look toward the light.

I’ll prosper, resurrected,

till the darkness is no longer in sight.



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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