REFIRING: Sade Andria Zabala, “New Year’s Resolution” (1/6)

11219002_851925874921462_8933372119763344722_nThe first piece of Sade Andria Zabala‘s I ever shared on my own blog was one of the most personally significant poems I’ve encountered on Tumblr or anywhere–“You are gold. Do not / Set yourself on fire to keep / Other people warm.” A simple haiku, and yet it acted as just the sort of self-love reminder I needed during one of the busiest semesters of my college career. Now, a year and a half later, I couldn’t be more honored to feature the writing of such a talented young firecracker of a poet to launch September’s Refiring theme–and just in time for the release of her second book, War Songs (an e-book version is also available here.
~Kim Kaletsky, Ideablog Managing Editor



This year
you will make it again,
this time more gracefully.
More whole,
more you,
more menacingly.
You will stop chasing ghosts,
stop being negative,
stop giving others
the responsibility to make you happy.
You will know better than to
cover up the emptiness
by setting fire to yourself.

This year
will not be another excuse.
You will feel, you will bleed, and you will
not not not be another’s mistake.
You will learn how to breathe
more gently, say more of “I”
and less of “you”, and when
you feel like a wreck remember –

summer boils in my blood
and it and I alone can
melt the loneliness away.

This year you will survive
survive survive survive,
even if you have to crawl
all your way to the end.

So if you’re stuck inside
the horrors of your own head –
either find the light or
create your own sunshine.

This year
you will fight.
You will be alive.

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Zabala~~~Sade Andria Zabala is a twenty-three-year-old Filipina surfer and nomad currently residing in Denmark. She has self-published one collection of poems called Coffee and Cigarettes and has appeared on literary sites/publications such as The Chapess ZineBerlin ArtparasitesThe Thought Catalog, The Rising Phoenix ReviewThe Undertow Review, Grammarly, and more.

Her second book, War Songs, is set to be released this fall 2015 (an e-book version of the book is also available here). In her spare time she likes to eat words and drink sunlight. Reach her on Tumblr or Facebook.

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