The regard of my neighborMeans too much to me.Its embarrassing that I care so much.I crave too deeply forA look of approval on their face,My heart yearns too muchFor the stranger passing me byTo show interest in my person-I hope they can see how complex I amThat I somehow stand outAmong the masses.These foolish hopes […]Read more "Just another person"
It is quite unnaturalFor us to share so much of our inner life.To have a communal spaceWhere our private musingsAre open for public discourse.Not every voice needs to be heardNot every thought said aloud.We can still be wholeAnd have secrets.Discretion is not a vice.Ultimately part of what makesVulnerability so valuableIs how rare it is.Don’t force […]Read more "On forcing vulnerability"
Don’t exist.The risks are what make themChoices-Not guarantees.There is little more futileThan asking life to give youThings it cannot deliverNo matter how muchYou try and spin it.Read more "Choices without consequences"
It’s strange how insurmountable This moment feels. Strange not because I have a solution Not because it doesn’t hurt And not because my heart believes The countless people telling me “It’s gonna be okay”. It’s strange because of how far we’ve come How many many times I’ve been certain of my abandonment And yet found […]Read more "How far we’ve come"
Mostly comes whenYou’re the only one in there.Indulging your own insecuritiesObsessing over your own shortcomingsSpending all your thinking capitalTrying to fill the black holeOf self-affirmationSelf-angrandisementSelf-coddling.But there are few better placesThan a mind that is hellbentOn a holy cause,Grappling with the lives of othersCommittted to their goodThinking deeply about what freedomMight look likeOn the backs of […]Read more "The problem with living in your head"
This powerful thingThat connects billionsAnd divides them fromBillions of others,This thing that allows some of usTo walk thoughtlessly through the worldAssuming it was built with us in mind,And yet this same thingReminds so many others of usThat they need to hurry up and ‘upgrade’ themselvesIf they want to belong.English unites and divides usIt opens up […]Read more "English"
How unfortunate is the thirsty manWho encounters a glass of waterBut fails to drink of its contentsBecause of his preoccupationWith its presentation,To spend his time fascinatedBy how eloquently the water was servedHow wonderfully the waiter was dressedAnd how it came to be that this glass of waterArrived in front of him-And yet never drinks of […]Read more "‘That was deep’"
Privilege does not necessarily make us foolsBut it easily can.Not because it dimishes our intellectOr erodes our common sense,But because our advantagesHave simplified our daily experiences,Reducing the enormity of lifeTo bite-size chunks,Taming our existence,Shielding us from harsh realitiesThat others know as commonplace.These are not sins to repent ofOr blessings to overlook,But a lens to be […]Read more "Privileged fools"
When we disagreeIs everything now in question?Are we just one conversation awayFrom being sworn enemies?One false stepFrom being cancelled?Perhaps one of the greatest disappointmentsOf modern lifeAnd life on the internet,Is that while we can nowRub up against a mind-numbinglyVast number of peopleThat we would have never encounteredOutside of the Internet,We are alsoRemarkably willingTo throw in […]Read more "Baseline of Civility"
InnovationIs often born out of frustrationAnd convictions about inclusionEmerge from disparate societies.Great progress and affluenceHas often been made possibleBy great exploitation,Mind boggling prosperitySide by side with breathtaking povertyUnequal.Inclusive innovationIs an appeal to our creativityA call to do better,To build a larger tableFor more people to sit atTo dig a deeper wellFor more people to drink.Are […]Read more "Inclusive Innovation"