by Kiara Byrd

     —after Audre Lorde’s “Coping”

I have been drowning for days
fills my brain
a small sphere
of knowledge entered
the void.
A small hummingbird
in my window
is singing out praises
I wanted to hear
when I think about why
I never can,
every day is different still I
can beat the rain.

In her sophomore year at LaGuardia Community College, Kiara Byrd is a Writing and Literature major. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and grew up loving reading and writing. Many of Kiara’s poems incorporate floral concepts. Kiara likes mystery/horror genres, fiction and nonfiction, music (especially K-pop), and painting. You can find her on Instagram at @Kiki.rose_2001.

Image credit: “Hummingbird,” wong8341. Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.