Izzy de Souza

Izzy de Souza is in the 11th grade. She has been writing poetry for over 10 years. She enjoys the creative process and imagination needed to write poetry. Poetry provides a feeling of freedom and expression for Izzy. Outside of academics, she is a sprinter for her Varsity Track team and is a producer of the school media channel that showcases student life. Izzy is also proud to volunteer for the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). “Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power.”

Poem on Belonging

VOYAGE

Embodiment of energy,
you remind me I am the shallow one.
The mortal fool at the mercy of your uncertainty.
I am humbled by your magnificence, 
yet you envy my journey.

Commanding like an emotion,
you announce your immortal message from below, 
and I travel over your fervent expression.

Briefly, I may gaze into your mystery. 
While you carry me with indefinite posture, 
I begin to understand.
I am not the one in control.

The impending feeling rises one final time, 
so I wonder about my true destination.
And as you reach down to me 
from far above my head, 
suddenly, I am small.

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