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    From Tender to Indestructible      

    Once upon a time my shell was tender

    Easily bruised by the use of words

    The sting of heavy glares

     

    Once upon a time I cared so much

    About others’ approval

    Was left disheveled if I was rejected

     

    But now in time my shell has grown indestructible

    Having a truer relationship with self

    I don’t crumble if I tumble publicly

     

    If others think they know me and scour

    I stand stronger in my conviction

    To be bold enough

    To love oneself truly is life’s reward

     

    The Deep End

    Life is so fast

    With just a glance

    One can encounter romances

    But will it last

    So much importance

    An outer appearance

    Believing that what we’re seeing

    Will give birth to deeper meaning

     

    Swimming in shallow pools

    Beacause the water feels good

    Need to gain the courage

    To explore deeper territories

     

    The real stories of partnership

    The experience of trying to bond with

    another human being,

    afraid, in like, in confusion, and in love

     

    Can we break away

    From searching on the surface

    Getting lost in image,

    Sneakers and clothing, can’t hold it

    the true emotion someone real can bring

     

    The Burning

    The burning

    Like being eternal

    And yet someone’s pouring lava

    All over your skin

     

    Though silky with movement,

    The melting is all-consuming,

    That’s the emotion I felt with you

    Didn’t know how to get through

     

    Until I learned how to,

    Turn fire into ice

    Numbing what was burning

    Until I’m frozen from the world

    I survived in ice,

    Erecting barriers that fight,

    My battles for me

    Not feeling held in an icy winter

     

    The opposite of molten lava

    Frozen at the center

    Lying at the bottom of the sea

    That was what life was for me

     

    Once a charred disaster

    That froze over in time

    Now after many sunrises

    A new spring has finally arrived

     

    Timothy Wayne Moore, 27, is pursuing a master’s degree in leadership from Rosemont College.