Noelia Corzo

Noelia Corzo is a mother, social worker, elected official, educator, community organizer, and daughter of immigrants. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from San Francisco State University, and currently serves on the Board Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

Poem

I’VE BEEN WAITING.

I have been waiting to meet you all my life. Your eyes; so beautifully brown and joyful. The strength of your will; completely unshakable. Your dedication to lighting other people’s darkness; undeniable. I remember the days you loved so hard but didn’t know how to let yourself be loved. Your eyes are no longer empty and sad. There’s now a fire there. One I always knew was there. The embers slowly burning just waiting for a gust of wind strong enough to light it up. I know that fire set you free. It burned down all those walls you thought were unbreakable. Everyone who told you that those walls were there for your own good was wrong. They never understood the person you were or the person you were meant to be. Maybe they never will and though that pains you, letting it go has pushed you towards your destiny. A destiny more incredible than any you ever imagined for yourself. One that was always yours. I see you so clearly now. Looking in the mirror never felt so good.

Copyright © Noelia Corzo. Used with permission of the author.