By Dorothy Chan
a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.
i am a dreamer of ambition, ambitious for a world filled with daisies and butterflies, coupled with bright sunrises and blue skies i listen to the sparrows chirp their morning melodies, creating a symphony with the rustling leaves. i wait for the sky to clear so the sun can arrive, but that is a reality i am unprepared for. uncovered by thick clouds and fog, i see the wilted fields and withering grass, illuminated by the streaks of sunshine, hidden under ignorance and indifference, and soon forgotten under the stroke of darkness. i tell myself, i am Strong and Brave, with an eye for sight. i envision meadows of lavender instead, bathing under bright rays of yellow, yearning to see the butterflies once more but they tell me, i am fragile and weak, without a voice with might. they took my cries calling for the birds and threw them into the breeze, letting them succumb to the wind. i keep dreaming of the daisies, waiting for their bloom, wishing to sit and welcome the warmth, but this reality can only be a dream flickering in my mind because i am only ambitious if i dream, and i can only dream if i am ambitious.
I had originally planned to write a personal essay. After all, I was familiar with how to write one and knew exactly what I wanted to write about. Upon its completion, I was proud of what I’ve written, but after some careful deliberation, I decided to start over. I wanted to challenge myself by writing something that I wasn’t too familiar with—so I created a poem. Being unrestricted from the norms of standard essay writing that I familiarized myself with (like capitalization rules and page formatting) I was able to write something completely different from anything that I’ve written before—while staying true to myself by sharing my appreciation for nature and passion for activism.
Dorothy Chan is a junior at a high school in Brooklyn. Fascinated and inspired by the world around her, she seeks to explore her curiosities while educating herself on intersectional socio-political issues. Through her writing, she aims to amplify her voice along with those from underrepresented communities.