Boys of the Future

We spend all day together.
All of us
In this little building,

And each day
I see you
As more than just boys,
As more than just students.

I see men.

I see the
Future husbands,
And future fathers.

I see the
Future lawyer,
The future nurse,
The future teacher.

I see beyond the things
That brought you to me,
Because I know you
Are so much more.

You are the men
Who will lead companies,
Platoons,
And maybe even a nation.

You are more to me
Than the math,
The English,
The science,
Or the grades.

You are human beings.

You are part of the nexts.

You are the men
Who are part of the soon,
And part of tomorrow.

Right now,
You are boys
Crammed in this little building
Spending the day with me,
But I see all you will be,
All you will achieve
In the days of tomorrow.

©Copywrite May 2020 ShelbyLynn Quintana
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The Truth of the World

I like to think about what I would say to myself 
If I could go back.

What would I say 
to the idealistic me of 2003?
Or the girl who danced her way through the night 
when she was eight?
What would I say to the tired and hurting girl, 
as she entered high school?
What about the girl who gave up on herself 
and the rest of the world?

I’d tell them this:
The world is no perfect place.
It can be a land of sorrow and pain. 
But this is no reason to be so hard on yourself.
Try to let your guard down, but be cautious of those 
   who will take your guard away.

You’re worth so much more than an A plus paper or a perfect pirouette. 
You don’t deserve the pain of these days.
Hold your head high, my dear, don’t let your chin fall.

The words they throw at you may hurt,
But you can’t let them pierce your skin.
Don’t believe what they say, for you are far better.

Let your pointed toes lead you into tomorrow.
Let their cruel words fuel your pen on the page,
Not the cuts on your skin.

Don’t give up, Dear Girl.
Because for all of the sorrow and pain in this world,
There is also beauty.

So open your heart, my dear,
And show the world your beautiful soul.

©Copywrite February 2018 ShelbyLynn Pursley
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Finding Light

There was a time,
Not so long ago,
When I didn't see hope for myself.

I was just a blip on the map.
No one saw me,
No one cared.

I was in a hole that had no light.
People pass my hole in the ground,
And think nothing of it.

A girl,
Trapped,
And given up on searching for help.

Then a light peered into my hole.
I saw a latter slowly come down,
And someone was there. 

He held my hand.
He healed my heart.
Then he helped me up the latter.

He shielded my eyes from the sun,
And helped me get used to the world as it should be.

He helped me see that I wasn't a lost cause.
That maybe,
Just maybe, 
I was actually normal.

I didn't need to be the girl who hurt,
Or the girl who hid herself.

I learned what freedom looked like.
I began to find happiness.
I learned to forgive.

I began to grow,
And to thrive
In the life I was meant to live.

My whole world changed,
Because someone showed me
That they cared.

Now I am a woman
Who peers into each of those other dark holes in the ground,
And helps the others out.

Not everyone knows what it's like to be trapped in the dark,
But I do.
And I help others find the light of life.

I help others find peace
And love,
And forgiveness.

And know,
They never have to go back to the dark.

©Copywrite December 2017 ShelbyLynn Pursley
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Update and Poem!

Hey everyone! I know it has, once again, been quite some time since I posted. My fall semester of college is complete which means I officially have two semesters behind me. So far college has been an amazing journey. There have been some ups and downs but it’s all been full steam ahead.

I am so honored by all of the people who have sent encouraging and supporting emails to me during the time I have been away from my website. I do wish to inform those of you that I do not plan to pursue poetry as a career any time in the near future. For me, poetry is simply a way of expressing myself and helping others.

-ShelbyLynn Pursley-

Empty Halls

As rooms empty,
And the halls quiet
I sit.

I listen to the silence
And I relish in it.

There are times when silence is concerning
But here, 
Now?

It's nice.
Peaceful and relaxing.

There's no music or TV's playing
All in quiet.

I'll sit here and 
Relax in the quiet for a time.

I know that
Soon enough
The elevator will be dinging again.

The halls will bustle with bodies.
The TV's will play and the chatter will commence.

But for now,
The halls are empty
And I'll enjoy the silence.

©Copywrite December 2017 ShelbyLynn Pursley
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Pursuit of Dreams

I pursue a dream.
Every morning,
I wake up
And move through my day
Trying to achieve a dream.

But there are days
When my dreams get harder to dream.
My feet drag,
My eyes are slow to open,
And it’s hard to get out of my bed.

I must remind myself,
That the dream I dream
Is worth all I’m doing.
Everything I do today
Will help me to achieve my dream.

All the feet dragging,
And the slowly opening eyes,
Helps me to remember
That no matter how hard it is now,
One day it’ll all be worth it.

One day
I will wake up each morning
And I’ll be living my dream.
I’ll do what I want to do,
And live how I now long to live.

But just as the dreams of today
May be the realities of tomorrow,
The things we see as impossible now
Will be the things that we are dreaming of
Tomorrow.

©Copywrite November 2017 ShelbyLynn Pursley
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Update

Hello everyone!

I wanted to apologise for the infrequency in my posts the last few months. Seeing as I am in college, my focus has been largely on my school work. I will be trying to start posting once a week again, however my school work will take precedence over my poetry and this website.

I am still amazed by how well this website has done and continues to do despite my lack of posts. Thank you to everyone who has visited this site and I hope you enjoy my poetry.

As always I love feedback and hope you will share any thoughts on my poetry with me. I hope you will share anything that touches you or that you enjoy with others.

-ShelbyLynn-

Day Of The Girl

Today,
I was looked at by a man,
Not as a woman of intelligence attending college,
But as a female who was appraised as though I was his next prize.

I am not a prize to be won,
I am more than the skin and the curves you see.
I am an intelligent woman
Who should be loved and cherished.

I’m not someone to flatter then use before letting go.
I have a mind and a heart.
I am strong and confident.
I am not simply a pretty object.

I am a woman.
Treat me with respect and kindness.
Don’t look at me as a prize.
See me as your equal.

Look into my mind,
And see my intelligence.
Look into my heart,
And find my strength.

See me as a human.
Learn my mind,
Not my body.
Become my friend.

I may be a woman,
But I will never be just a pretty object.



©Copywrite October 2017 ShelbyLynn Pursley
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