Poetry: The Difference Between Childhood and Adulthood by Grace Pasco

We have another poem from Grace Pasco today. Enjoy.

Grace PascoGrace Pasco, a Filipina-Japanese-American poet, has a favorite saying: “so be afraid, then do it anyway.” Her love for performance poetry has only grown since her first open mic with Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy, where she discovered a strong sense of community. She now performs in Washington, D.C. at Spit Dat and Busboys and Poets. Grace is most notable for the rhythm of her words and for her choice use of enjambment. Grace was one of four featured poets at a collaboration event called Signal Flair. She has also been featured in District-W Magazine for Art and Culture in April 2015.

She grew up in Tagaytay City, Philippines until the age of 8, then immigrated to San Francisco, then moved again to Silver Spring, Maryland. She attended Loyola University Maryland, where she studied English Literature and Global Studies: Conflict Resolution. During her junior year at Loyola, over a span of six months, she traveled to various cities across Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. The only European country she has been to, so far, is Poland, where she experienced the power of historical narrative and the significance of preservation.

She believes in poetry and its power to translate emotions, package experiences, and build communities.

You can reach her at wordcrafthappenshere@gmail.com

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The Difference Between Childhood and Adulthood

I would rather criss-cross the lines of my 1-9

And play tic-tac-toe with whoever feels the same.

Make papier-mâché out of my HSA

That I won’t be using anyway,

 

Since my uncle is my dentist.

And let’s face it: I can’t afford it.

I can’t stress this enough:

Formality gets stuffy,

 

Like my nose when it’s too cold outside.

19 degrees in Fahrenheit is not for this tropical fish

Who knows a kind normal

Among palm trees and beaches-

 

To where my 4 feet and under days took place.

So this?

The three layer coats of propriety?

Are preposterous to me.

 

My penmanship skips too many loops

Private catholic school teachers? Look-

Cursive writing is a thing of the past.

Archaic. Though pretty.

 

I swoop in print with slants and connected branches, but

I would rather criss-cross the lines of my I-9

And color in the crevices of the big block letters.

 

The only difference childhood and now is that

My mother won’t sign

These kinds of assignments

For me.

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A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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