My​ ​Kind​ ​Shines

By Arthur Muñoz
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From the Poet:
“I wrote these pieces of art because there is power behind everyone’s story. Maybe you’re aware or haven’t noticed, but you are, in fact, a very powerful and important individual. Share your story. Don’t be ashamed. Through art or through any other form of expression, your story will inspire others.”

My​ ​Kind​ ​Shines

My​ ​kind​ ​are​ ​hard​ to​ ​​find.
My​ kind​​ go​ ​through​​ ​hard​ ​times.

We​ shed​​ ​blood​ and​​ ​we​ ​lose​ ​some​ ​friends.
We​ are​​ all​​ alone​​ when​ ​the​​ ​day​ ​ends.

We​ ​come​ ​home​ to​​ ​the​ ​smell
of​ ​​tortillas, ​borrachos,
and ​​grandma’s​ ​old​ ​perfume.

It’s​ ​night ​​now​ ​and​ ​it’s​ real​​ ​dark–
there’s ​no​ ​full​ ​moon,​
there’s​ no​​​light​ ​in​ ​my​ ​heart.

Thinking​ ​is​ ​all​ ​I​ ​know, that’s​ ​all​ ​I​ ​seem​ ​to​ do.
I’ll​ ​be​ ​thinking​ ​about​ what’s​​ the​​ next​​ ​thing​ I’ma​​ ​have​ to​​ go​​ through.
So​ ​I​ ​think​ ​myself​ ​to​ sleep, ​ convincing​ ​myself​​ it’ll​​ be​​ alright.
That ​sparks​ ​a​ ​flame​ ​in​ ​my​ ​​heart​ ​that​ ​lightens​ up​​ ​the​ ​night.

The​ ​next​ ​morning​ ​I​ ​rise,
and ​the​​ sun,
For​ ​some​ ​reason​ shines​
even​ ​though​ the​​ ​clouds​ ​put​ ​up​ ​a​ ​front.

So​ ​me​ ​and​ ​my​ ​kind, ​we​ ​shine​ ​too,
aunque​ ​muchos​ ​no​ ​ven​​ ​what​ ​we​ ​gone​ ​through.

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