You’ll always be remembered.

Photo taken by my mother just after she handed over the keys.

My mother just sold our house several days ago, and this has been a really emotional turning point in my life. I was barely five years old when I first moved in; I remember the smell of its newness while learning how to read and write. This is the place where I learned to love and hurt and laugh and cry. This brick-walled, pocket-sized house that you see above has witnessed the twists and turns of the past sixteen years of my life.

At this very moment, I imagine the new owners of the house have unloaded the rest of…


A prose poem.

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There I was, heaving my lungs out on the bathroom floor, tears cascading down my cheeks as the shower head ran — I did not know where the water ended and where the tears began. For months, I have been swallowing cigarettes whole and staring down at the bottomless pit of my morning coffee. As I stare at the swirling madness of my reflection, I attempt to search for peace in a world full of insanity, to find meaning in my meaninglessness. …


The life of a sad lover.

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Depression is such a tricky thing. It can impact many facets of your life, including your relationships. As someone who has struggled with depression from a young age, I know how difficult it can be to maintain them.

In retrospect, sure, I could have handled certain situations better than I did, but I’ve learned not to beat myself up about it because I’m still figuring out who I am, and that’s okay.

This is what makes us human.

I’ve been told that one of the most important things you can do to improve your mental health is to take it…

Xiomara Desirée

Writer, poet, lover. English student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Latinx woman. Black lives matter.

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