I’m a pondering ocean
As I stare through myself over and over
To pluck out the flaws.
I am millions of beads and in each one
I am different.
Who am i?
Why am i?
As the borders between pragmatism and projections
No longer differentiate,
I fail to see beauty.
In a mirror lanks a shadowy figure—
I am no longer myself.
I long to see beyond the trenches of deep sea blue,
I desire to walk on the horizon.
I hoped to touch the stars.
– Mariam Azeez
Mariam Azeez, a junior at Danbury High, is a published author and the President of the spoken poetry club, “Word Warriors.” In 2021, Mariam won first place in her school’s annual poetry competition, WordFest. Mariam uses poetry to express and highlight important issues in both high school and the real world.