"I, Anonymous" Poem

We present our ONLY anonymous writer. They do not want to reveal who they are… yet! We can definitely say they are a Lubbock Local writer. Here is their first poem titled, “I, Anonymous”

Acting as a kicking hallucinogen

Within arm’s reach

At the verge of possibility,

Happiness is unattainable.

 

Just inject me with morphine,

So I can be high

While I am low

Flying under the radar.

 

A smile cracking

Across my blood-spattered cheeks,

A temporary suicide

Followed by resuscitation,

My ghost awaits abduction

Dancing with the flies

Over a pile of shit.

 

But sometimes

The needle breaks

Against my crocodile skin.

 

Your persuasion fools me

Into believing emptiness

Pilots my being,

Nothingness disclosed

Once I am torn apart.

 

Self-mutilation for deep splinters

Poking me amid

A high fever melting

The shallow soiled snow,

I am a droplet that leaks

Past the sealed faucet,

A pill bug who

Crawls, cringes, curls up

Hiding from the pain

Of tragic romance masochism,

Outliving death disguised as

A giant dehydrating love.

 

Peel off my entire face flesh

To reveal the mortal

Anorexic potential,

So I can look happy eternally.

 

Yet, even a bare skull

With a naked grin

Cannot fake the misery

That lies beneath.

 

A requisite to stumble around

With poisonous blood

To convey the clotted truth

And feel like men,

Mapping out the visions

Of imaginable futures

Inside confined craniums

Above exploding hearts

And throbbing feet

Through alcoholic apologies.

 

Inventors do not receive

Enough sunshine;

They are not supposed to.

 

In perfect paradise,

I forget to breathe,

To live life on pause

When the beach spills out

A broken hourglass

Which becomes quicksand

That proceeds to

Engulf my existence

I cannot escape

As much as I try,

Like caught in a riptide

Where swimming

Nowhere

Drowns you.

 

The art expressed

Is the artist repressed,

Another weary overlooked creator

Begging for forgiveness

Of sooner unexpected behaviors.

 

I accept the neglect overtime;

Then again, it is better

If there is remembrance.

 

Simply do me one favor:

Do not obliterate my work;

Let it mean something forever.

 

The kingdom gates are closed,

And there is no place

Left for me

But the unknown

I, anonymous,

Am familiar with

By now.

Small Odd Changes by Julia Beard

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Small Odd Changes by Julia Beard

Changing how you live your life is a weird part of growth and becoming more mindful of yourself. Unconsciously, we change in small ways all the time, which is all a low impact lifestyle asks of people. Make small changes and build good habits that make huge impacts for our planet and bodies. “That’s too expensive for me”, “I don’t have the resources”, and “It’s not doable for Lubbock,” are just some of the things I’ve heard when I’ve mentioned my lifestyle to others. What can one person really do? A lot actually, but where do you even start? There are so many small things you can change and still have an impact. 

            Beginning with saying no is possibly the easiest and simplest beginning change you can start with. No to anything you’re comfortable with beginning with. I started with straws, by simply refusing them when they were handed to me. However, you can start with anything such as fast food, groceries, beauty products and more. Straws are just a great example because they’re everywhere and in everyone’s life. As well as telling promoters no! There’s a way to never get junk mail again. Google this one to save the hassle!

            What do your coffee shop habits and daily java orders look like? In a to-go paper cup, gross! Bring your own reusable cup and get your order to-go the eco-friendly way. Don’t have a traveler cup or coffee cup? Rock those funky mugs in your home! This is a habit I started before my zero waste days when I was only a caffeine addict. I would make coffee at home in one of my mugs, then simply take it with me. Then later after finishing the initial cup from home, I’d get more in my mug. This hack does handle some hand-eye coordination; however, you can simply bring a mug without the coffee from home. Save the simple use cups and money by bringing what you already have at home. Besides coffee in mugs taste better anyway. 

            Simplify your life! By really evaluating what you truly use and don’t use can cut tons of unnecessary packaged products from entering your home. I am still learning this one the hard way from time to time when I declutter. I’ll find old products and items I used once then never again because I didn’t love them as much as my tried and true items. 

            Follow the traditional wedding saying, something borrowed! Borrow what you need before buying something new. You’d be surprised what some of your friends and family might have hiding away somewhere. Especially for the occasions you’ll never need this item again except for this one time! Save your money and hit up some friends. I’ve done this countless time with clothes, shoes, and books. There is a cool app called Bunz, where you can trade for anything you need. Another way to be eco-friendly if you can’t find what you’re looking for is buying second hand. Through the Bunz app and thrift shops you can find anything you need and some unique items. 

            What can you do if you aren’t down to completely switch lifestyles? Recycle and dispose of your items properly. I know being in Lubbock, Texas is a little harder to do so, however, Texas Tech and City of Lubbock have some decent recycling centers. Separate out by type of material the items are made of plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, and wood. Then take it on down to them and they’ll hand the rest. Easy easy, lemon squeezy. 

            For earth day, what are you willing to give up?

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Who Am I? By Julia Beard

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Who Am I? By Julia Beard

I began my journey to be a better person a little less than a year ago, which I originally never planned on it being a lifestyle change.  Nor could I really tell you when the switch in my head flipped to trigger my curiosity into all this madness.

Who I am?

For many that will stumble onto this entry won’t know who I am. My name is Julia Beard, a current Psychology and Community Family Addiction Sciences major at Texas Tech, as well as the BLNKA fellow for Art/ Art Installation and Grant Writing. I am a fellow red raider, BLNKA member, as well as a born and raised local.

You might be wondering why this is important or why am I of all people writing this? The only reason I am here is simply because of my passion. Passion for my personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of our future, home and only planet. I live a bit of an odd lifestyle, that’s been coined ‘zero waste’. Zero Waste, or low impact, is a philosophy where you limit the amount of impact you have on the planet. By reducing the amount trash, carbon footprint, and other resources you use. All it boils down to being mindful, say no, going without, finding good alternatives, minimizing and using what you already have.

Why?

Apart from not truly knowing why I began, I can tell you one thing that reaffirmed my decision to go zero waste, an article of the most updated endangered species list. The article discussed new animals added to the list as well as species taken off due to their extinction. This has stuck with me so much because some of my favorite animals since tot day, Giraffes and Flamingoes, were added. This ignited an anger in me that I have never experienced before. How could we let ourselves get this bad? How as human beings let our only planet be so badly impacted by us and still not care to change? It is such a simple, possibly stupid to some, to completely change lifestyles for the sake of one of my favorite animals. However, it’s been the best decision I’ve made in my young adult years so far.

How it all started –  

After making the initial decision to go zero waste, or low impact as I prefer to say, I started down one of the most rewarding paths. It has been filled with some definite struggles, purely because I begin in a very naïve mindset. I wanted to be perfect at it and save the world all on my own. Side effects of being a perfectionist. However, researching and gaining knowledge about what exactly I was doing helped. I read many blogs and articles, even found tons to watch on YouTube. To begin this type of lifestyle change, you have to be prepared to struggle and fail before finding what works best for you. I began by saying no and using what I had, learned what I truly didn’t need or use enough to own, and simplified my life. Minimalism and low impact lifestyles go hand in hand, fun fact.

Do it in Lubbock!

As for how I actually do it, it’s simpler than I believe you’re thinking. Bring your own stuff to replace what you would use that’s normally plastic, say no to things in single use packaging (aka use it then throw it away), find multi-use items, getting creative and use the R-system (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, rethink & rot). The most effect to live a low impact lifestyle is living by the R-system because it covers all the bases of anything you use in day to day life whiles simplifying it.

I refuse straws, single use plastic, useless packaging and more. By avoiding it all together, I don’t welcome anything against my lifestyle and values into my life. Reducing products, I used or items I thought I ‘needed’ helps to reduce my overall consummation of resources and goods, which reduces my overall carbon footprint.

Reusing is by far the easiest part of the journey to be a good human for the planet. Once I truly began, I realized how much I already owned that could be transformed into whatever I needed. As well as used and reused over again endlessly. You have so much in your household already, you don’t have to buy anything to start. For example, I had mason jars lying around not being used which have now become food storage, drinking glasses, takeout containers, beauty product DIY’s and more. Besides, it is going against your new lifestyle to go buy new goods when you already have them at home.

Repair anything you have currently to make it last longer than just tossing it and buying something new to replace it. I haven’t had to do this yet, but I know it’s coming with some clothing and shoes I currently own.  Becoming more mindful is an essential part of living low impact. You have to analysis everything and rethink about what you truly need verses what you actually just want to own. I minimized several parts of my life by saying no to avoid what I couldn’t make more environmentally friendly with zero waste alternatives. Processed foods, mass produced beauty products and clothing are just some things that still haunt my journey. This has only resulted in buying second hand, making my own if I can, becoming a DIY Queen and master at thinking outside the box.

Finally, the oddest of them all. Rot. However, it’s just composting and disposing of the waste you do produce properly. I compost coffee grounds, food scraps and goods that I can compost such as paper. Composting helps my plant babies and worm friends very happy campers. 

Goals?

To reduce my impact on the planet as much as possible. I may be only one person, but one can start movements, induce change and ignite a revolution. We don’t need 1 person doing low impact perfectly, we need everyone doing it imperfectly. Which I can vouch for myself and say I am not perfect at this by any means. However, I alone in the last year have avoided sending 1,600 pounds of trash to a landfill. That’s a huge impact for one person to make. Now imagine, if 100 people did the same.

Stay tuned for Earth Day.

xx,

Jules

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