A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art

The Rotational Pull of Gratitude + one more




The Rotational Pull of Gratitude


Heroes are made from their actions.

They don’t need special powers

Nor super strength.

All they need is the desire to be better.
-Able to be Stable-
To be stronger than our past!

-Able to be Ample-

bigger than our failures!
The willingness to sacrifice what we want —
for what is needed of them — is that pleasure.

To never deny the world Our presences.

That the choices we all make are the summation of who we all are —
That difference between living in the Light or

fading in the Dark is determined by those very choices

In the Earth we all share.


Through the eyes that see grey


Everything is grey —

From Grey earthy rock;

to Grey clouds,

with the Grey seas themselves!


Tinged with sunburst at the far edge —
The horizon is sometimes is lost in a grey mist that stretches like

grey fingers in a sand-pointed direction.


Except for the green grass —


Except that Growing Green —


That burst brighter at our hearts,
which seems like emerald gems amongst that very Grey.


We, The Human Race, are the inspiration that guides and swirls the Grey Away.

with our hands and benevolence.

Drawing in the lines,

Filling in the blanks,

and Coloring in the Rest.

Wrapping whatever we touch and hanging it to the next person to finish we what began.


For Those Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them,

            Not for the merits of the person who receives them!
For We are all Heroes! Heroes, in our very rights, made from our very own actions.


United as One Unit —

not many.

Our Individuality isn’t just one person in a landscape.

It’s a world filled with multi personalities —
not a few.

Appreciate the Air we Breathe!

Being Grateful have many definitions

but one that resonates strongly is simply being thankful for the

certain and small things

we pocket in our likeliness.


Credit goes to the Benny Potter’s superhero videos, Leon Langford’s film Electrogenesis, Bram Stoker’s Book Dracula, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón for his book Shadow of the Wind for their inspirational works. This poem is based on their creative minds.




I ever so wonder upon the interests of a man’s  intention, invention of a price

that enriches the name of society.

This Society
Our Society
are “run by the people, for the people”

more like the power of government and its radical attribution to the soul of puppetry

Why conform?
When people can obtain a voice
Why conform?
When people have willpower
Why conform?
When people have free will
Why conform?
The false promise of conforming is the locks and unlocks of society’s inner circles,
of intelligent people giving in to the lives that was placed on them and not challenge it.
I for one enjoy the structure what human civilization had created…
where it once held the dignity of Respect of Equality at an equal balance…
I know better
“I know better” my consciences tells me

But what about those who are voiceless, for those who don’t vote,for those who don’t talk, for those who don’t preach their beliefs and can’t defend their rights

What about the faceless; those who are ostracized, those who are  outcast, and those who are not seen and ignored by their appearance – where do they belong?

Am I apart of a government or against?
Am I truly with society

Why conform?

When I’m just one person

When you are just another


Where is the Equality?

When Conformity takes over

What a story, about Conforming

how it affects me…

About the Author

Bryan Martinez is a poet from New York City. His resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn (Kings County) in the middle of a Spanish oriented neighborhood. He considers himself a humanitarian that does his very best to make others around him smile and be happy. He is 19 years old and attends Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. The poetry he writes revolves around making a change, going far beyond what the given norms and questioning who, what and why the world is as it is.

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