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I am a lover of life, and because of this I know that life needs more people to love it. Poetry is a way to show life you love her, that you appreciate her, and that you deeply care about her. I am a student at Keene State College in New Hampshire and I study Women and Gender Studies. Reading great poets and authors such as Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Langston Hughes, and Angela Davis are ways in which I connect to the true pioneers of America, the people who are critical of this country and wish it to become what it falsely says it is. I wish to be a pioneer, someone who defies the norm, someone who stops this cycle of hate, ignorance, and lack of self-awareness. I hope to do this through many things, but I especially hope to do this through poetry.
I am a lover of life, and because of this I know that life needs more people to love it. Poetry is a way to show life you love her, that you appreciate her, and that you deeply care about her. I am a student at Keene State College in New Hampshire and I study Women and Gender Studies. Reading great poets and authors such as Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Langston Hughes, and Angela Davis are ways in which I connect to the true pioneers of America, the people who are critical of this country and wish it to become what it falsely says it is. I wish to be a pioneer, someone who defies the norm, someone who stops this cycle of hate, ignorance, and lack of self-awareness. I hope to do this through many things, but I especially hope to do this through poetry.
Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 28, 2013

Are my summer dreams a nightmare
Or just some fleeting flashback
Of when I was younger and the pavement was our red carpet
When I owned more time for no thoughts
And now that I’ve gotten thinking
I can’t think about not thinking anymore

If I pretend that I’m not a grown up for as long as I keep growing
Can I avoid ever knowing what I have to do to be what I want to be
If it could only be so easy as sitting with no feeling
Because feelings only leave me in confusion and disbelief

If I’m only one person why do I feel so different
From who I was just 3 weeks ago
And if I don’t start doing something to stop myself from doing nothing
I think my apathy will drown me in a sink of lethargic thoughts

Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 13, 2013

And it didn’t seem like you were anything
Anything of importance anyway
And it slipped through my fingers
Before I could figure
Out what I was supposed to do

But I stopped myself from not stopping
And I looked all hazy and grey in the mirror
It didn’t go away like you said it would
Instead it kept growing and growing

If I can take words and paint a picture
And you can take lyrics and sculpt a song
Then why are we so mad we have no talent
Then why are we so mad that we’re worthless

And if our critics decide to crucify us
At least we can die with a crown of thorns
And if our best friends start to despise us
Then at least we can watch the rain in peace and quite

Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 7, 2013

I fear I've been rejected before I've had the chance to be rejected
And my god that feels pathetic
Guzzle down some anti-depressants
And feel a sacred numbness that is saved for the gods
But that would be too easy
and I wouldn't like it anyway
So I'll barrel through and you'll barrel through and we won't ever keep our heads up
And well miss all the times we could've seen on the way
And of course it was worth it
To try and live a life with no purpose
But once you cracked your hard shell open
You just can't seal it up

Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 7, 2013

These feelings aside
I cannot hide
this isn't the time
But for your sake I'll try

I'm not at all ashamed
I have nothing to gain
But feelings of fake pain
Are slain on the pavement

I don't fear being taken by my own thoughts
I don't fear being stripped half naked
I don't fear the times I was covered in shit
But I am the only one that will make me

Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 7, 2013

I want perfection right now
I don’t want perfection later
I want perfection on the first try
I don’t want perfection some other time
I want perfection right here and now
And if I can’ t have it I’ll  scream
But to want perfection is an imperfect notion
So why would I want perfection to happen to me?

Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 7, 2013      Jun 8, 2013

Is it their love that makes a Rothmel woman so strong?
Or is it their strength that lets them love?
Is it their ability to do ten things at once that makes a Rothmel woman so graceful?
Or is it their grace that lets them do ten things at once?
Is it their wisdom that makes a Rothmel woman so willing to fight for their beliefs
Or is it their strong beliefs that give them their wisdom?
Is it their compassion that lets a Rothmel woman raise such loving children?
Or is it their loving children that enrich their compassion?

A Rothmel woman knows that they all feed into each other
Multiple rivers flowing simultaneously into the  ocean that is their being
Their strength, compassion, love, and wisdom all manifest in different ways
But it is their strength, compassion, love, and wisdom that lets us all be here today
A Rothmel woman plants the seeds, tends to them, and makes sure they grow
And beyond anything the naked eye can see a Rothmel woman always knows

It is Rothmel women who make sure we are all safe and loved
It is Rothmel women who make sure we have the strength to be ourselves
It is Rothmel women who take our hand even when we are unsure
And it is Rothmel women who put themselves last and everyone else first
All these things and more are what I see Rothmel women as
And it is Rothmel women that have put the empowerment of all women at the center of my life path
Without a Rothmel woman I don’t know where I’d be
But because a Rothmel woman never gives up
The strength and power all women have are as clear as day to me

A poem for all the women in my family
Hersch Rothmel
Hersch Rothmel
Jun 7, 2013

you are who you already are
no need to go far
just breathe with me
you are who you already are
It isn’t that hard
just lose yourself and let it be

Don’t take yourself so seriously
it doesn’t need to be that hard, that hard
Just look at how you are in everyone
and everyone is in you
as far as the stars, the stars
And take this moment to be with me
Don’t let the time go by
Here in this moment we are poets
writing of who we are

 
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