Updated: Sep 1, 2022
by Stacey Dubreus
I am flaunting melodies & discord in here: unspoken
self-exposés, sticky note statements, a provoking phrase
my alter ego rings through my ears & projects into
hushed world like Def Poetry Jam, 5 years of
rent-free living, I present— If One Man Can Change the World;
an ambiance feeding off inaudible egotism,
an attitude raised by my beloved 07305,
blueprints for evoking a beautifully perfect
person & being, but the days I fall are the days I am colorblind,
eardrums filled with melodic fire & isolating cotton,
“Just do it” coaching my Ctrl mind,
features I’ve been molding in privacy,
and jokes & banter intended for spontaneous escapades,
or, in English,
exactly what would be, in an alternate universe,
discovered in my language & named on a tag & recited
like a speech & existing like heavy bone in an x-ray.
Loud and present. Loud and audacious.
Stacey Dubreus is Haitian-American, born and raised in Jersey City. She is a current sophomore at BU on a Pre-Med track, majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Entrepreneurship. This is her first semester on Charcoal as a copy editor on the Editorial team.
Poem Theme Briefly Discussed
Committing to staying true to yourself is respectable and real, yet so audacious in today’s world. It means you hold a level of trust within yourself to thrive in the space where you loudly and unapologetically live authentically. I believe the rawness in living without filters serves our souls and higher selves such that we attain a deeper level of inner peace, comfortability, and emotional security. This is a process that I am growing to love and appreciate every day.