October 31, 2018

Typing on my tiny typewriter,

I’m an incorrigible plotter.

Color splashes onto the page,

Green, coral, orange, and beige.

A story burns in my heart,

Tearing my soul apart.

My story grows from a small seed—

I wonder where it might lead.

It grows higher, taller, stronger.

I can’t hold it in any longer.

Let it grow! Let it grow!

Let the current flow!

I toss all my dreams into the deep-blue sea,

Expecting to create waves like a tsunami,

Rippling emotions throughout the earth,

Triggering sorrow, joy, and mirth.

But instead, plunk!

And boy, it sunk.

I throw it in time after time,

Until all my hopes are coated in slime.

I trudge home muddied, tired, and sore,

Feeling as if nothing matters anymore.

I stash away my pencil, paper, and pen,

Vowing never to touch them again.

My rejection becomes dejection,

But God turns that into a redirection.

I realize He didn’t give me hands and feet

For collapsing onto a pillow in defeat.

Instead of saying goodbye,

I decide to say, “Try.”

Remembering the biggest dreams start small,

I’ll get up no matter how many times I fall.


  1. Hedges

    I absolutely love this poem. <3

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😊

  2. Jenna Terese

    I am obsessed with this!!! 😀 I love it! <3

  3. Serenity

    Cute new photo, btw (=

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you so much, Serenity! 😊

  4. Rachel Rogers

    It’s so pretty and colorful and true! Thanks for writing this, Mariposa. <3

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you and you’re very welcome, dear! 🤗🤗🤗

  5. Katherine Baker

    This is so fun! Very true! I often feel like that. 🙂 I loved the line that states: “I realize He didn’t give me hands and feet For collapsing onto a pillow in defeat.”

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Aw, thank you, Katherine! 😊 Sometimes I feel like giving up, but writing about my emotions helped me to realize I needed to try, try again. 🙂

  6. Andrew Schmidt

    Really like the colorful illustrations that go with this! Thanks for the poem!

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you and you’re welcome, Andrew! 😃

      *coughs* I’m afraid the graphic for the poem is actually a photo, not an illustration. 😉

    • Andrew Schmidt

      Oh, sorry if I confused you.
      I thought the poem and the illustration in it was colorful. 🙂

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