Rebekah Mez Named Champion of Poetic Justice V

Staff Writer: Eric Canosa
7 Sept. 2018

On Wednesday, September 6th, the English Department was delighted to sponsor the fifth installment of "Poetic Justice," a poetry open mic and slam competition organized by Creative Writing student, Jordyn King. The slam competition featured seven talented poets performing pieces that tackle big issues like race, gender, sexuality, and suicide. Loose Canons is privileged to congratulate Rebekah Mez for rising to the top of the competition with several beautiful and poignant performances.

Included below is one of her winning poems from the slam. Enjoy!

--- Tethered Here ---
Rebekah Mez

Hey you.
I'm happy you're here.

Yes, you!
You in the corner with your head
slightly below the gaze of the party

I'm happy YOU made it.

I know you could have not
But you did
And that's a lot
Thank you

Because it's not nothing
to be worth something
It's everything

I would notice if you stepped out of the light
I would notice if you weren't here with us anymore

I'm sorry I didn't tell you this sooner
I'm sorry I didn't rub scar removal all over your body to heal the memories
So that you wouldn't have to remember them when your life got lit on fire again
And again
And again

Because I know the only times I want to hurt myself
Are the times I'm feeling the same pain I've already healed from
That was supposed to be over
I was supposed to be fine
I'm only getting older
And I should've fallen in line

And because of you I curse every man I meet
Wanting to kick their teeth in
So that they have to swallow the sharp painful shards of their existence
So they also are cut by the teeth that cut you
That hurt you
I'm sorry they hurt you

I never had aggression until you told me what happened
How they killed who you were
And now I hate them with a fucking passion
I want to personally harm each and every one of them
and
I don't know what to do

You're my buddy
My best friend

You told me the last time I wanted to hurt myself that we were in this together
You said If you go, I go
So here I am tethered to this world
That has broken both of our spirits
Because as much as I want to die
I want you to live

So thanks for coming to the party

I know you could have not
But you did
And that's a lot
Thank you

Because it's not nothing
to be worth something
It's everything