Equalizer

Equalizer

Equalizer, a poem by Deanna M Ramirez

The war in me for equality
For equal pay
Performing quality work 
in the same way
And never needing to be told
Cause I have integrity to uphold
I do what is right
Regardless of whose around
or nowhere in sight
In my skin, I have nothing to hide
Living above reproach
with family on my side
Not the one's that you may think
Most of them prefer 
that I fail and sink
Please don't waste pretense to worry about me
I know who to trust and hold close
Those who are fake
in due time, truth wins
and their lies are exposed

Deanna M Ramirez ©

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Book Review One

Book Review of Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book review, and I must preface this post by saying: I am a reader, not a review. It’s difficult to take a book I enjoyed (like this one), and pick at it. I prefer to celebrate the greatness about it.

Here are the highlights: This book was a GREAT summer read. Everything I never told you has a compelling plot, steady cadence, no use of overly complicated language to distract from the story, and an interesting take on family dynamics.

If I’m forced to pick at the story, this is all I could say: It would have enjoyed reading more content where the family had some life, or liveliness to them. More love shown and good experiences sprinkled in to make me fall in love with the characters.

It’s hard to believe, for all of Lydia’s life, that she and her family operated as robots. Then add the youngest child, neglected to the point where she hides when not ignored. I see the use of her character being designed this way. It draw out new observances with a character that is there, yet overlooked and ignored. It’s a great technique Celeste used!

A deeper connection with the family would’ve existed for me had I been able to feel life and love between them.

Putting aside the nit-picky. I thoroughly enjoyed this booked. It flowed easily.

Everything I Never Told You provides a real peek into a family with secrets. A family struggling. Each member with their own individual struggle. Internal battles flowing over, spilling into each other’s lives causing interesting and polarizing conflict.

A story beginning and ending with death is a delicate thing. Celeste Ng is brave to pen Everything I Never Told You in this way. She did so beautifully. The book made me a Celeste Ng fan.

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Love Floats, a poem

Love Floats a poem

A poem by Deanna M Ramirez

Love floats in the air⠀
like a dandelion seed⠀
Spread love ⠀
through this dark world ⠀
of desperate greed⠀
Greed feeds on the ⠀
helpless, destroying ⠀
the heart⠀
Let love fly and take root ⠀
wherever you are

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Sum, a poem

Sum a poem

A poem by Deanna M Ramirez

Stop allowing the fear of what others' think ⠀
subtract from your possibilities!⠀
You are not the sum of opinions⠀
You are not the sum of mistakes⠀
You are the sum of You ⠀
Holding whatever You want to be⠀
completely in Your hands 

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Splintered, a poem

Splintered a poem

A poem by Deanna M Ramirez

Eyes full of judgment and no ⠀
attempt to mask their message ⠀
You don't know me yet you're sure you do⠀
Transmission received but I pause⠀
Self awareness an earned attribute ⠀
escapes those with critical eyes ⠀
You wish me harm, yet I feel sadness ⠀
not of self⠀
I see eyes burred with pain, ⠀
baring truth of their owner⠀
Eyes say, "I am stupid. Not good enough. ⠀
I want what you have."⠀
To which I reply, "I am not your enemy ⠀
nor your competition. ⠀
Splintered eyes impede vision. ⠀
Pluck out the fragments ⠀
that you may see your beauty ⠀
and love yourself.

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Please pardon the blog hiatus!

Please excuse the blog hiatus
Please pardon the blog hiatus
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That’s when I began to hear myself, over and over again, tell my daughters that it is important to follow their dreams. That dreams require passion, persistence, and sometimes sacrifice. This website, and a more serious approach to my Eve Poetry Instagram account, became ways for me to start walking the walk. I want to show my girls a good example of what I believe is so incredibly important.

Taking life in our own hands

Life is so precious. We hear people say this often, but we don’t often see people do something about it. Those that do something about it are out living and experiencing rich, fulfilling lives; or at least trying to.

That’s what I want for myself. That’s what I want for my family. A rich and abundant life. Not financially (although that would be nice too). I’m referring to riches of time and experiences. Fulfillment. To leave this precious time we have on earth without regret. To know we spent the years, hours, minutes and seconds with those we love most, doing activities we enjoy. That we did so unselfishly. We loved others. We helped others. We helped each other. We were there for one another. We lived a life, of life. Not of things. After establishing the What, I knew I needed to begin the How.

My how

Writing is my How. I’m going to do my best to make it the How. The work that allows me more time with my family. More time living. More time.

Which brings me back to the hiatus referenced in the title of this blog. In pursuing my passion, I also realized I have a passion for mentoring and helping others. Thus began the Eve Poetry Writing Group Instagram account, and the Writers and Poets Cafe Facebook group.

While this remains a passion project of mine, and I’ll continue both; the time invested in both required I put this blog on the back burner for a few months. But I’m back! I am shifting the balance back to my own work and endeavor as a writer. There’s more to come. Stay tuned!

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