Blast from the Past

The poets from Latino Youth High School were asked to go back in time 10 years and talk to their younger selves. They can give advice, support, or warning. They all gave a heartfelt response. Enjoy.

Ricardo S.

Where are you? Do you need anything? What is around you? Don’t you want better? Leave the games…leave the fun. Get up and really look around. Nothing is here but you. That’s what it is all about. So make sure you know there is nothing fun.

Jose Carlos M.

Hey bud

The world is crazy right now. No flying cars yet but we’re close enough, there are cars that drive themselves. There’s this thing called Netflix that is better the local red box, your favorite show is the office, enjoy it well.


To my little self

Ashley L.


You might be young right now, and it can be hard to understand. Life isn’t easy, so just know you will struggle. You know who you are, and you will knowingly be aware of who you are becoming. Don’t let people tell you, you can’t be who you are. Be strong because you will lose people and you will struggle with your identity. Just know that I am proud of you and who you will become. It’s okay to be gay it’s okay to be afraid.


Mike J.

You’re 7 years old watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. You will run wild like a loose blouse. Do not let the past decide the future. Enjoy every minute.


Brian Z.

I appear as a stranger to you, but I’ve lived your life countless times in my head. Outcasted, set aside, picked last in gym class, always questioning if you’ll ever be the one people laugh with. Always nervous and stiff but the friends you’ll make will leave you in Bliss.


Gio S.

You’re about to face battles. You’ll get lost. You will become someone you’re not. Follow yourself, don’t follow sheep. Be the person you are right now and don’t change your personality. You will become strong. Even though the plan will change you still have a bright future ahead.


Kim S.

There’s a lot of thinking and less doing. You may be lost in the moment, completely blind to reality, no hopes nor dreams, but in a few years your emotions will be a roller coaster. Success is not linear. You will have ups and downs. You can accomplish whatever you want. As long as you want it bad enough. Enjoy the process.







“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.