I’m Paola, a 12-year-old poet. I don't write poetry that often, only when my mind is flooding with emotion. That's part of the reason it's so significant to me. I just want people to see that poetry isn't just a bunch of words on a paper. It's a way to express yourself. No matter how metaphorical or simple it is, it's your emotions that you're conveying.
In “At Night,” I was expressing a feeling of gratitude that sadly not everyone can see, because it only exists in my mind. It was me thinking about all the things I have had, and will have, and how I am thankful for all of it.
“That Feeling of Love” was an old poem I wrote for a friend, but then became a poem about the trust I once had for cops. After all these years of police brutality, I lost my faith in police. I know that not all cops are bad, but after watching all of these murders happen, I just don’t feel the same respect and trust I had for them. I feel nothing but fear and disgust.
Photography is another way to express yourself. You can use pictures in a metaphorical way, but when paired with words, it comes out more powerful. Creative expression is important because it shows the you inside you.