Enough light to see the path; enough courage to take the step; enough sense to enjoy the walk; enough company to share the time.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Guest Post: Maricar N.

Who? What? Where? Why?

Who am I?

What type of person do I want to become?

Where do I look for answers?

Why do I harbor these feelings?

Which decision should I make?

What if I'm not good enough?

Where would I run to?

Why am I so confused?

Who am I to ask these questions?

Because the Media Says So

I'm fat, because the media says so.

I'm ugly, because the media says so.

I'm not perfect, because the media says so.

I have to buy these, because the media says so.

I have to buy those, because the media says so.

Rape is okay, because the media says so.

Violence is okay, because the media says so.

Murder is okay, because the media says so.

Blah, blah, blah, because the media says so.

Dear TV,

Dear TV,

Desensitize me.

Glorify falsified truths.

Let us sip your dripping cup of

Tainted information.

Two teaspoons of propaganda,


Advertise materialism,

Sell our morals for our greed.

Disregard the wealth of individuality.

Turn off the life of a soldier

By the trigger of a controller.

Manipulate and weaponize fear.

With a slight chance of rain,

Come and cleanse a sinful conscience.

*Please stand by…



& Repeat.

Maricar is about to graduate from high school. She has quite a way with words. These three pieces are part of a larger cycle written in response to her experience attending a performance of "Green Day's American Idiot." At university, Maricar will prepare to enter the medical professions. I am honored to have worked with her. Thank you, Maricar.


  1. Maricar! Bravo! What an amazingly insightful, profound, and relevant poem. Thank you so much for gracing me with your words today in the form of poetry. As a health care journalist, I often need to break away from the stress and time crunch I experience daily. This is a great way to do it.

    Good luck in your medical pursuits. Maybe we'll cross paths again one day.

    1. Maricar was SO excited to receive your comment! As we speak, she is completing her final requirements for graduation, so her reply will be a little delayed—I'll let her speak for herself. For my part: thanks for supporting my student!! XO

    2. Thank you so much for your kind words! I sincerely appreciate the fact that you've taken the time to read and comment back on these pieces. Your comment made my day!

  2. Each of these pieces is powerful in its own right but together, they are a clear indication of poet behind the words - a powerhouse of perception and poetess of great potential!! Simply awesome!!

    Kudos on your writing and best wishes on your college career - and may you never lose your love for words and language!!

    1. I'm at a loss for words, but I'd like to say that I am very grateful for your comment! Thank you!


I'm grateful that you are taking the time to comment, and I look forward to reading what you have to say!