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Like many people — the majority of the country who voted for Hillary Clinton, in fact — I was shattered when I learned the results of the presidential election. It didn’t come all at once like for most people waking up the next day; I stayed up the entire night, staring in unblinking terror at the live Electoral College tallies in the desperate hopes that there would be a change. But there wasn’t. My uninterrupted nightmare continued the next day where the sky and weather seemed to reflect what we all felt.

Being in college is a stressful time for most people — exams, becoming an adult, leaving home and finding your career path are all struggles in themselves. For me, there is also the added obstacles of discovering my sexual identity, figuring out my political views and making the choice to become a professional in mass media.

A few months from the end of the 2015-16 school year, I was forced to ponder the question, what should I do this summer? Even more mystifying, what should I do with my life? As a sophomore in high school, these were the most pressing questions in my mind. I eventually came across an answer to the first, with the hope that it would help me decide the answer to the second: I applied for a summer internship at the Philadelphia Gay News.

Maturity is in the rearranging of priorities

where one is spending their energy,

Life will reflect in lessons

the process of unfolding in new directions.

In order to meet set goals

to alchemize darkness into gold

spirit has to transform so one’s wings will unfold


To dare to balance

Being vulnerable and bold

One must learn to hold onto their core

In a world whose ways can be cold

Intuition helps guide the journey through it

Where darkness is transformed into light

Ignorance destroyed and replaced with insight


Life is at the death of destruction

Reborn from previous forms

Ascending through experience

Living now asking faith for direction


Timothy Wayne Moore is an organizational project manager for a community organization that helps ex-felons integrate back into society. He is also a musician whose music can be found at Follow him on Twitter: @Timothywm7887.

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