Cold hearted and ice-cold.

To some,

that’s how I’m known,

but, in all honesty,

the B.S. gets old

and I’ve given up on being bold.

I’ve found

it’s much easier to cause the freezer burn,

than to patiently wait your own turn,

accepting the hard way to learn.

And the one thing you truly discern

is that the good you yearn

has been put on hold.

I’d rather be perceived like I don’t care,

protecting myself with my own pair,

than to see my goodness and gold

be broken or sold.

So say what you want and think what you’d like,

I’ll continue heartlessly,

but remember

my warning’s been told.



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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