emmagrace

United States

Published Work

25 Words

On Silence and Starlight

The boat glides through the star drenched waters. My brother steers the boat. I want to turn back. But my words don't disturb the silence.

Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

you've always thought the sea was magnetic

you’ve always thought the sea was magnetic,
the secret place where the sky kisses the sea
has always been just beyond your reach

kinda like stars, the contemporaries of your age
tell you to stretch your fingers and reach for
burning fire and silver moons

but gravity only gives your feet two seconds to fly
before plopping you down on the wet sand where
castles are in your midst

it’s hard to keep trying to succeed when things
pull you down, but remember, without gravity,
you’d never return to what once was

and you know you can't give up
gravity can be beaten in artificial birds
respect the limits, but never stop singing 

if the waves don’t stop trying to bubble over 
the shoreline then you shouldn’t stop reaching
for your dreams; don't bring down the kite

and even when the sun has drained from the world,
the moon lights your way and paints sterling on the waters;
stars don’t always...

Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

you've always thought the sea was magnetic

you’ve always thought the sea was magnetic,
the secret place where the sky kisses the sea
has always been just beyond your reach

kinda like stars, the contemporaries of your age
tell you to stretch your fingers and reach for
burning fire and silver moons

but gravity only gives your feet two seconds to fly
before plopping you down on the wet sand where
castles are in your midst

it’s hard to keep trying to succeed when things
pull you down, but remember, without gravity,
you’d never return to what once was

and you know you can't give up
gravity can be beaten in artificial birds
respect the limits, but never stop singing 

if the waves don’t stop trying to bubble over 
the shoreline then you shouldn’t stop reaching
for your dreams; don't bring down the kite

and even when the sun has drained from the world,
the moon lights your way and paints sterling on the waters;
stars don’t always...

Poetry and Spoken Word Competition: 2021

you've always thought the sea was magnetic

If I was a teacher
I’d see the world as 
History
My students and I would travel back 
To see wars and kings
On the shores of things
That didn’t seem to matter
Minutes before
And then I’d return
Because there’s always more
To study
Like the undeniable beauty of now 

If I was a pilot
I’d see the world
As a blanket of clouds
Unplowed
And proud 
To confound the scientists
And drown 
The whole world with water
I’d fly over
People whose hopes defy 
Gravity
Thousands of people that I will
Never see
Or know
But what I know 
Is that they’re there
Underneath those clouds
And somehow 
That’s enough

If I was an astronaut 
I’d see the world 
Composed of blues and greens
A spinning globe 
Encircled with galaxies and dreams 
And I’d levitate
And calculate 
Every grateful breath of artificial air
And the stars in my eyes would catch me by surprise
Time and time again ...

Song Writing Competition 2021

Golden Light

Verses
You would always smile
As we danced throughout the day
And you’d always love 
Every golden memory
You'd love to see
You would know
That time drains fast
And I must
Hold you close

Verses
The world is always turning
We were golden as the sun
You’d point your tiny finger
To every single star 
And name each one
And you would know
That we are small
And we must
Never ever fall

Chorus
You’d light the light
You’d light the light
You’d infuse every memory
With golden light

Verses
I’ve come to say I’m sorry
My hands were weak and frail
I was helpless as
I watched you fail
In your fight
Disease was bold
But you always knew
The best “the end”
Is often 
Bittersweet

Chorus
You’d light the light
You’d light the light
You’d infuse every memory
With golden light

Verses
I must remind myself
To not forget those days
The gold is fading 
From my...

Song Writing Competition 2021

Golden Light

Verses
You would always smile
As we danced throughout the day
And you’d always love 
Every golden memory
You'd love to see
You would know
That time drains fast
And I must
Hold you close


Verses
The world is always turning
We were golden as the sun
You’d point your tiny finger
To every single star 
And name each one
And you would know
That we are small
And we must
Never fall

Chorus
You’d light the light
You’d light the light
You’d infuse every memory
With golden light

Verses
I’ve come to say I’m sorry
My hands were weak and frail
I couldn’t do anything
But watch you fail
In the fight
Disease is bold
But you always knew
The best “the end”
Is often 
Bittersweet

Chorus
You’d light the light
You’d light the light
You’d infuse every memory
With golden light

Verses
I must always tell myself
To not forget these days
The gold is fading from my...

Song Writing Competition 2021

Golden Light

You would always smile
As we danced throughout the day
And you’d always love 
Every golden memory
You’d love to see
You would know
That time drains fast
And I must
Hold you close

The world is always turning
We were golden as the sun
You’d point your tiny finger
To every single star 
And name each one
And you would know
That we are small
And we must
Never fall

*humming*

I’ve come to say I’m sorry
My hands were weak and frail
I couldn’t do anything
But watch you fail
In the fight
Disease is bold
But you always knew
The best “the end”
Is often 
Bittersweet

*humming*

You would always smile
As we danced throughout the day
And you’d always love 
Every golden memory
You’d love to see
You would know
That time drains fast
And I must
Hold you close

Book Review Competition 2021

'Out of My Mind' Book Review

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do.”
    Words are beautiful and costly. We constantly use and abuse them. We lift each other up with smiles and thoughtful words. But in the next moment, fire pours out of our lips, and we regret the things we can’t take back.
    We don’t give words the respect and appreciation they deserve.
    But what if we could never say a single word? What then?
    This is the premise of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning novel, Out of My Mind.Readers are launched into the perspective of Melody, a girl trapped inside a body that is unable to walk, talk or write. A girl who calls us to consider the questions we never thought to ask: What if we could never talk? Do we appreciate words enough? What if we could never say the priceless words, “I love...

Book Review Competition 2021

'Out of My Mind' Book Review

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do.”
    Words are beautiful and costly. We constantly use and abuse them. We lift each other up with smiles and thoughtful words. But in the next moment, fire pours out of our lips, and we regret the things we can’t take back.
    We don’t give words the appreciation and respect they deserve.
    But what if we could never say a single word? What then?
    This is the premise of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning novel, Out of My Mind.Readers are launched into the perspective of Melody, a girl whose vibrant personality is trapped inside a body that is unable to walk, talk, or write. A girl who calls us to consider the questions we never thought to ask: What if we could never talk? Do we appreciate words enough? What if we could never say the...

Book Review Competition 2021

'Out of My Mind' Book Review

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do.”
    Words are beautiful and costly. We constantly use and abuse them. We lift each other up with smiles and thoughtful words. But in the next moment, fire pours out of our lips, and we regret the things we can’t take back.
    We don’t give words the appreciation and respect they deserve.
    But what if we could never say a single word? What then?
    This is the premise of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning novel, Out of My Mind.Readers are launched into the perspective of Melody, a girl whose vibrant personality is trapped inside a body that is unable to walk, talk, or write. A girl who calls us to consider the questions we never thought to ask: What if we could never talk? Do we appreciate words enough? What if we could never say the...

Vanilla Tears

Your mind drifts back to sun rays, ice cream, and Mama’s smile. A desperate attempt to dull the ache.
Father squeezes your shoulder; brings you back. In your mind, ice cream melts on the pavement. Mama is gone; pain fills her absence. The barricade you’ve tried to build falls again. 
He has never cared about your favorite flavor.
You can hear the shovel. The sound of dirt hitting wood. Someone is crying. 
You allow the current of time to take you back. 
Mama smiles.
She hands you a cone. Vanilla.
The sun is warm.