By Alex Andy Phuong


Create through creation
 Mature through maturation
 Aging gracefully
 Surrender to reality
 Try to try
 By and by
 Do more than try
 Accomplish through accomplishments
 To experience pure wonderment

What Truly Matters

Being dependable
 In spite of subjectivity
 Honor and loyal
 Brave and true
 All of that does matter
 And taking matters
 Into one’s own hands
 Really and truly
 Is a decision
 Not a mere circumstance


Layouts and Backgrounds
 Form the production design
 As stories play out


Producing productively
 Building sets
 Set design
 Layouts and backgrounds
 Standing on a foreground
 Let the play
 Play on
 Upon the global stage
 For every being
 Is part of the
 Universal narrative
 That will hopefully
 Unify all
 Beyond any scenic
 Hollywood production

Hold On to the Dream

Uphold and honor the American Dream
 Not necessarily a fallacy
 More than a mirage
 For the possibility
 That democracy
 Can thrive
 If people do what they could
 To do more than survive
 Uphold and honor
 By standing together,
 And this is a letter
 To a newer America

The Freedom to Dance

Move on
 Flow with the rhythm
 Let the heart beat
 And dance fluidly
 Times are now
 Within modernity,
 And as the world transitions
 Into a whole new place,
 Hopefully people will accept
 One another
 Regardless of race,
 And help people
 Dance freely


Do more than learn
 Process and synthesize
 Become someone new
 Through educational enrichment,
 And then
 Begin anew

Avoiding the Precipice

Rather than hanging from a cliff,
 Lift oneself higher
 And try to soar
 By loving righteousness
 And admiring the ones
 Willing to put aside time
 To create and inspire
 While helping others
 Soar as well,
 And avoid the precipice,
 For only time will tell
 How events will play out
 Even as the flame flickers out,
 So no need to live with doubt!


Ordering take-out
 Is different
 From establishing order,
 So hold oneself accountable
 To help cope with
 The insurmountable
 To create something


No need for revenge
 Seek refuge through reverence
 For peace to return

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015.  He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes about literature, film, and culture.  He has written film reviews for more than one hundred motion pictures for MovieBoozer, and his writing has appeared both online and in print.  Alex is a writer who dares to support the ones who pursue their dreams.

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