“Inheritance” by 17-year-old Youth Poet Laureate Eleanor Wikstrom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8xcwvt3QP0 Eleanor Wikstrom, National YoungArts Winner in Writing (Spoken Word), 2019 Vice Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland, 2020 YoungArts Finalist & Winner in Writing (Spoken Word) reciting her poem "Inheritance" commissioned by the United Nations and read at the 75th Commemoration of the Signing of the UN Charter in 2020. Wilstrom is the Op-Eds Editor …

After Watching “The X-Files”

At ten, I slept on the couch for weeks,turned the TV low, watched imagesflash late into the night, and listened to infomercialsfor company and comfort after I spooked myselfwatching an X-Files episodeabout an abductee returned to his home.In the opening shot, he stood in a field,his arms stiff, his fingers and lips blue,his skin as …

“Basic Christianity” by John R.W. Stott

Your call is clear, cold centuries across;You bid me follow you, and take my cross,And daily lose myself, myself deny,And stern against myself shout ‘Crucify’.My stubborn nature rises to rebelAgainst your call. Proud choruses of hellUnite to magnify my restless hateOf servitude, lest I capitulate.The world, to see my cross, would pause and jeer.I have …

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