Solace in Isolation



Cooped up in your bedroom

you write away

until you disappear

into a fantasy land,

a whimsical world,

a place you think

only you’ve seen before.

But you’re wrong.

With each word,

every syllable,

hundreds, thousands, countless

journey with you.

They feel the pain,

sing the songs,

and see the colors you speak of.

The things you whisper to yourself

in the dark of the night

under the warmth of your blankets.

The things you yell to the world,

inspire to the masses,

and share with your people.

Yes, your people.

Though their names are new

and their faces are unfamiliar,

their voices are still heard.

They come together for you

and you speak to them,

for them.

No need to st-st-stutter your sounds.

No need to change your tone.

No need to fear your thoughts.

You write for yourself

in the isolation of your room,

but you also write for them.

Those who wait for your next words

from the isolation of their rooms.



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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