"The revival of the column."--Bella Schainker, 8th grade
You’ve been gifted glass eyes.
What’s been unseen will be
clear to you and for now
ego pushes against logic.
You yearn for a core, something to grab onto—
There is no need to admire
what you find uncommendable.
No reason to give attention
to what you not love and respect.
Find fondness in what you were,
and are fond of, lay to rest
worry on your shoulders.
Anxiety shouldn’t eat at your joy.
Nothing is permanent, and that’s fine.
Take your mind off the big picture,
you change and so does the world--
even if you change at different paces.
Forgive yourself for growing
at your pace. Even when it feels like it,
the world is not leaving you behind.
Gemini Pt 2 (May 21-June 20):
Your attention can be tamed,
unnecessary thoughts are exactly that--
catch your mind before it wanders away
and focus on what needs to be done.
Don’t ask for directions,
be lost. Subsist with
just being. You don’t have to
understand, there’s no need to get it.
Find yourself learning
from your questions
rather than their answers.
Each day doesn’t have to be a performance.
It isn’t selfish to not smile.
Give yourself your own attention:
stand in the mirror,
there is no need for a crowd
until you can be happy alone.
Don’t take advantage of yourself,
don’t take yourself for granted.
You don’t have any reason
to be so critical. Give yourself
your own approval, the only
validation you can truly believe
Sometimes doors are left open
for you to walk through. Sometimes
doors are locked, leaving you to find
the key. Sometimes there is no door
and you’re left to build it. Don’t wait
for the door to open itself—work
to find a way to push it down.
It’s up to you to get through.
Think of your thought’s heartbeats
soft or frantic, loud in your ears,
scattering your brain.
Look past your consciousness,
find ways to access the world
without the clutter.
Each thought doesn’t need
a life of its own.
Think of days as a verb,
a 24 hour unit, but also
an action: a frayed string
of all your thoughts, movements
until they meld together, mostly
forgotten. The action of a day shouldn’t
take all your energy. It should
be a string you can rely on, control
You are constantly adapting,
changing yourself to better fit
the situation. You only need
to change your perspective,
not your personality.
Stay conscious of your surroundings,
but allow yourself distance
for the richest lessons.
You trip into an abundance
of luck. How fortunate
with fortune. Consideration
and sympathy can lead you
to great opportunity.
Just don’t grow too comfortable
with your chances.
If you climb a mountain for praise
and still aren’t happy, descend
and go a different direction.
It’s not the end of the line to hit a wall.
You have to find a way
around life’s obstacles, even
if there’s no applause.