Isaiah Mojica is a Bard High School Early College alumnus and sometimes writes under the pseudonym Amaru Mansa. He currently studies at Cuyahoga Community College and is an English major. You can view some of his work at

Your glow can brighten even the darkest moments. You work endlessly, but you never seem to fade. Your curves and rough edge make you stand apart from the rest. Some throw you away and ignore you, yet still there you are, ready to be used by the next heartless being. Your age and your outside grow weary, but still your beauty remains. Locked deep inside you keep yourself from the rest of the world, but you reveal your purpose to whomever should care to see.