“Why I Stay” by Tiana Nobile (poetry ’17)

Tiana Nobile (poetry '17)

An excerpt from “Why I Stay” by Tiana Nobile (poetry ’17), published by Vandal Poem of the Day.

Why I Stay

In spite of the summers with heat so thick you could cut it with a knife.

I stay even though sometimes it feels like everything is out to get you.

Even though I let the night swallow me whole. Even though I got grass stuck in my spokes.

Because I’ve never had a good enough answer for where I’ve been, where I’m going.

Because belonging is subjective, and I will find my way out of the mud.

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