Juleen Mallari is in 8th grade, currently attending Fernando Rivera Intermediate School. She enjoys writing poetry because it’s a vessel to pour out her thoughts and emotions through beautifully sculpted words and rhymes. Like many forms of art, Juleen enjoys how poetry can connect and impact others. On top of writing poetry, she also loves to journal, play piano, sing, read, and bake. At school, she is a member of School Site Council and Student Government. Juleen also volunteers at Glad Tidings Church, teaching 3-5 year olds, being a part of the worship team, or even doing tech.
Poem on Belonging
A PAUSE You never know it’s your last Until it’s all gone and you realize you were moving too fast Our focus is always on what’s ahead, so we often forget to think about the “now” of the moment No one could’ve imagined that in the blink of an eye The people you love, The places you cherish, And the feeling of freedom could just be taken away We lived lives going 100 miles an hour Devoured by stress and exhaustion So for over a year, time just stopped… It felt like everything ticked slower a pace we learned to adapt to We began to pay attention to what truly mattered, Hoping together for the better But now we’re going back to our old ways Accelerating and bracing for fast paced days Yet we cannot forget the long days in our homes, pondering the highs and lows of life Sometimes a pause is all it takes
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