The subway is my dance floor

the way the light reflects off its metal walls,

like a disco ball.

I listen to the gritos and tambores through my headphones.

con las voces of Celia Cruz and Willie Colon, shake my soul,

the vibrations travel down to my feet where I…

What do you say to someone when the words “I love you” don’t properly describe how you feel for someone?

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I’d cross not just an ocean for you, but oceans”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I want to make all your dreams come true”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I don’t want to imagine a life without you, as it’s one not worth living”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “Like the Sun, Moon, and stars, you are my universe”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I didn’t know happiness until I met you”

It’s my time to depart
this place I always found the sun to shine darker, the wind to blow with an extra chill,
where time felt as if it stood still.

Yet, as I leave
the clouds separate,
and the sun shines showing beauty I never noticed.

Where the trees…

you have my heart, even when you break it.

I hope you know how to carry the pieces.

You said you raised me to be a strong girl,

Citing my accomplishments,
My strengths, my talents, my wit
Did you realize I broke under your fists,

You turned me to shrapnel with your palms

I grew resilient

Like a tree I simply planted my roots firmly in the ground

So you can’t cut me down or knock me over
I was, am, a strong girl
not by nature, but by lack of nurture.

I raised me to be a strong girl.

Isabella Fallahi

Just a young Persian Latina using poetry to heal and empower

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