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Waterfalls

Waterfalls,

A spectacle even the most pessimistic of people can’t help but admire.

 
The gleaming, rapid white waters tumbling down rocks underneath, smoothened by the neverending downpour.

 
Or the majestic roar of the falls as they make their way to their destination.

 
I, myself, have been revisiting the same waterfall for some time now.

 
However, what has brought me back each and every time has nothing to do with her beauty.

 
Instead, I was fascinated with her ever-changing nature.

 
On a cool, rainy streak of days, her waters barreled down the rocks with great power and were all the more spectacular.

 
Then, on the drier, sunnier weeks of the summer, she was naught but a few trickles of water over the rocks below. I found this mesmerizing.

 
From one season to another, she was almost completely unrecognizable. However, she always returned to full strength, thanks to her undying persistence.

 
I still find myself returning to her, and always will until nature calls my name. I know she’ll be there forever, despite her highs and lows.

 

There will be tough times, where the water slows and seems to be coming to an end, but these are nothing but phases. She always returns, better than ever, and she always will.

Seaside #1

After watching the past few days of summer slowly tick away before school comes back around, I decided that a spontaneous trip was necessary. A four hour trek from my hometown of Seattle, Washington, led to a beautiful, albeit small, town by the name of Seaside, Oregon. Over the four hours, the trip was highlighted by the Astoria-Megler Bridge, a four-mile-long mammoth of a bridge with gorgeous views of the Columbia River. The trestles of the bridge were especially unique due to the steep and consistent incline of the end of the bridge, making for an experience unlike one I’d had before. A short twenty minutes later, I’d arrived in Seaside, my destination for the weekend.

In Seaside, I enjoyed the mile-long beach while the tide was out, soaking my feet in the crystal-like, almost unreal water of the Pacific Ocean. After walking along the beach, I made my way into the downtown of Seaside, which consisted of numerous unique and memorable small shops. One particular store that will remain in my memory was the Portland Fudge shop, as I purchased a bit of the chocolate peanut butter fudge and my tastebuds were instantly touched by God’s own personal hands. As I traversed through the remainder of the town while indulging in the delectable fudge I’d just picked up, I couldn’t help but smile at the small-town vibe of the town. Through each shop, I found myself surrounded by friendly shopkeepers who encouraged my touristy activities, which included trying on wacky hats in the hat shop in the mirror and laughing hysterically at the results.

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After a short time in the town, I made way back to a local burger joint by the name of the U Pub, where I took a burger and fries to go for a night at the beach. Despite the slight walk down to the water, the burgers held strong and were a delicious treat to accompany the wonderful sunset that followed. Though the clouds covered a bit of the sunset, the atmosphere and miles of beach made for a wonderful sunset regardless.

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To top things off, I stayed in the Sandy Cove Inn, a unique place with one-of-a-kind rooms for each guest. I was treated to the Vintage Games Room, one of the most interesting in the entire Inn, which included bocce balls, numerous checkerboards, and figures plastered among the walls that unfortunately were more creepy than they were interesting. Besides that, the room was great and topped what was a fantastic day in a gorgeous small seaside town!

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Independence Day

As the pyros light up the sky

I think of you and I

 

You shot up into my view

I couldn’t take my eyes off of you

 

Exploding onto the scene

Almost felt like a dream

 

Your colors so bright

What a beautiful sight

 

Difference is, you’re here year ’round

Always there to make my heart pound

 

So, when tonight comes to a close

I’ll still be Jack, you’ll be my Rose

 

There is no need for goodbye

Our spark will never die.

Self-Love

Where I lay right now

Is the lowest of the low

I’m in a place

Where nothing will grow

 

I hear the rumors swirling

Like an out-of-control black hole

And I’m feeling that

I’m going to be swallowed whole

 

Where I stand right now

Is the highest of the high

I’m in a place

Where even the dead come alive

 

Only the rumors still swirl

No matter my state

I’m left wondering once more

If they’ll ever be escaped

 

I despair over the cycle

One I despise with such fire

For a drama-free lifestyle

Is what I desire

 

I sought a solution

And it hit me today

It’s quite simple:

If you love yourself, it’ll all be okay.

 

Some love to talk

They’re a miserable breed

They laugh when you fail

And cringe when you succeed

 

Though their words are vicious

I’m smiling with glee

For I am at peace

Knowing I’m happy with me.

Death


Always take the time

To spread love to all

For you never know

When death is going to call

 

The phone rang two years ago

March seventh, to be exact

“Brandon’s been in an accident-he passed.”

I couldn’t even react.

 

A friend with a heart of gold

Loved by all and hated by none

Gone in an instant

His parents lost their only son

 

Though my heartache never ceases

I carry on strong

Knowing Brandon is with me

On his own ride along

 

I cherish the lessons I learned

From a brother wise beyond his age

Whose advice kept me on track

Acting as my personal sage

 

The memories hold strong

Like our last night together

“I’m proud of you, Michael”

I’d never felt better

 

I’ll see you one day my friend

When my time is up too

Until that time comes

I’ll be missing you.

 

III.VII.XV

Lion

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Last night I lost sleep

Over the opinion of a sheep

I could not ignore the bleats

As I rolled beneath the sheets

 

 

When I woke I frowned with dismay

Due to the mistake I made yesterday

Disgruntled by my lack of composure

Falling prey to a poser

 

 

I’ve learned my lesson now

To not furrow my brow

But to ignore the talking

And keep on walking

 

 

My patience will be tested

Though I’ll remain invested

For only the weak

Lose sleep over sheep

Co-Exist

 

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From mountain to mountain

And isle to isle

I can’t help but stop

And reflect for awhile

 

Our beautiful world

So blatantly misused

Tarnished for profit

Leaves me confused

 

Why don’t we stop

And admire what’s here

A world so perfect

We mustn’t interfere

 

I say we unite

In mother Earth we stand

A battle royale

To save our homeland

 

When victory is ours

We must make a pact

To never neglect

The following contract:

 

We shall conserve mother Earth

For we are her guests

Never again

Will we invade like insects

 

From here on out

We shall co-exist

And those who decline

Will cease and desist

 

Let’s take care of our home

The one we all share

And admire her beauty

She won’t mind if you stare.