there, in the distance, lies the foundation of who you are. you were born far away and screaming, clinging to life in the smallest form you can take.
you need to be this tall to ride. you need to be this old to start school. you need to break to define who you are. you’ve made it this far. you are that old and that tall and you are still screaming.
when you finally reach that foundation, however long that took, the ground falls out from under you in the shape of glass shattering, and you are caught by water you can only see, not feel. you touch your face and it falls away like sand.
is in college, but she lives each day not only as a student of her institution, but as a student of the world. She is, most recently, the author of the poem “red,” which was published in Solstice Literary Magazine’s debut issue and achieved first place in the magazine’s spring poetry contest of 2022. Macrol is no stranger to difficult subjects; by exploring love, life, and cultural issues, her goal is to spark new and necessary conversation around what makes people struggle—what makes people human.