Explosive Independence

Explosive Independence by Kiana Balacich

Please don’t label me
“loud” because I share ideas.
I am a thinker.

Please don’t label me
“bossy” because I can lead.
I am a teacher.

Please don’t label me
before you get to know me.
It doesn’t make sense.

Once, there was a time
when I cared what haters thought.
Their words cut me deep.

Today I declare
explosive independence
from all they’ve ever said.

I won’t hide, shrink, or
change myself for their labels.
I’ll keep sparkling.

Harmony After the Discord by Kiana Balacich

When I need good vibes,
I hold onto the music
I hear in my heart.

Music gives me hope
that there will be harmony
after the discord.

I find clarity
when I organize my thoughts
across the six strings.

The steady drumbeat
reminds my heart how to beat
again and again.

Music restores my hope—
after heartbreak, there will be
better days ahead.

<img class="wp-block-coblocks-author__avatar-img" src="https://evepoetry.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/5305c-image1.jpeg&quot; alt="<strong>Kiana Balacich
Kiana Balacich

Kiana Balacich is a writer from New York City. She writes poetry and short stories sprinkled with magical realism.

When she’s not writing, she’s playing guitar and trying to live life to the fullest.

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