Gretchen Gomez is a Puerto Rican poet from The Bronx. When home you will find her watching crime shows, cuddling with her dog, or writing—trying to make sense of things. Gretch is a full-time lover of words. She is the author of love, and you and welcome to ghost town which comes out on October 23rd, 2018. She wrote this spoken-word poem for the Shattering Stigmas event.
me pretty / me beautiful / me have it all / me nothing can be wrong / me what anxiety / me letting the demons too close / me a little prayer here / me a little offering there / you say all these things to me / you say break barriers / you say a difference / you say dismantle stigmas / same breath / i break / i cry / i bend my knees to pray / no one’s listening / this is when i stand / i yell / i latina poderosa will take the reins of this depression / i latina fierce will learn to breathe through this anxiety / i latina fuerte will be more than your bipolar joke / this is my coming undone / i sit / i talk / i let myself be helped / you mad / you not understanding / me healing / me a little better / me latina diosa
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Love love love this. <3
Thank you for sharing your poem with us, Gretchen! It was lovely. 🙂
I like it, Gretchen! I’m not sure quite how to put it, but it really rose off the page. The words flowed into my head, more than text on the screen, like I could really hear them and feel them. 🙂
I’m looking forward to your next collection!