By Alex Andy Phuong
Natural Wonder Wondrous indeed Encompassing the sublime Sometimes fading with time Preserve such beauty Through environmental advocacy And take a stand To defend the land Through lending a hand
Founding Fathers Helped establish America Finding oneself Is part of the dream No matter how rough Life might seem, Time keeps going When the going gets rough, And when diamonds in the rough Shine brightly, The notion of being found Does become reality
Happening simultaneously Despite the confines of reality Occurred a while back Not exactly white nor black Getting back into the act While others take action Without losing traction Being oneself is never old-fashioned For individuality Could make life more interesting If people would give others permission To let freedom ring While others do more Than just their own thing
Fame nor Fortune
Fame might appear nice, But it does have a price, So think twice, And seek fortune carefully, For true wealth Comes from what money Cannot buy, And why not try To work to make a living Because dedication And determination Actually do make Life worth living
A place to reside Rather than hide Live unapologetically Without worrying about reality For real life is the way That it is, And always will be, So enjoy that special gift, And feel finally free
Exiting Might sound exciting, But leaving behind Does not sound inviting. Instead, Express thankfulness For all that had been won Because honoring what had passed Can pave the way To a better day Without ever worrying about What others say As a new day Comes about, So never live with doubt, And the best thing to do Is simply Keep traveling through
By the Bay
Some live life By the deep blue sea, And let reality Simply be, For the past is history, And the future is unknown. Witness how much Maturity Alters perspective Because everything ages. Accepting change Alongside the real world Can let performers Play new parts, And that only starts By refusing to stay Idle, And decide to Forgive, And choose To Live!
Assuaging oneself Not necessarily being what one would seem Dreaming the dream For the mighty Shoot for the sky As enigmatic time Ticks by Until the ultimate end And even after the finale Legacies left behind Can endure While the release of tension Results in purification
People cannot succumb to reality. Indeed, life is tough Because it is. Nevertheless, hope shall light the way, and no matter what people say, actions really do speak louder than words. Do something beneficial To benefit humanity, For the sake of life, liberty, and justice for all!
Even through challenging times, Do try to appreciate the sublime Because there is beauty Within reality, And after troubles fade away, Peace returns, And hopefully stays, For there is relief That comes with being fine, And finally have time To enjoy the only day
Even when the past is gone, Life, in fact, does go on. Time itself never stops, And avoiding stagnation Helps people stay on top So move, but do so cautiously, For each new day Is a new reality, And when the day is done, The next day truly is Another one. Thank you, Dr. Seuss!
Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes about literature, film, and culture. He has written film reviews for more than one hundred motion pictures for MovieBoozer, and his writing has appeared both online and in print. Alex is a writer who dares to support the ones who pursue their dreams.