There’s this little girl.
She is 4 years old and sticky with glitter and life
and fresh peanut butter and jelly
She has at least 2 questions for every coiled ribbon of hair on her head
She is tutus and ruby red slippers
Dreams of television set stardom and cotton candy castles
She is her own sunshine and limelight
Her own sweet lemonade and plastic purple high heels
f o u r
I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up
“a rockstar princess fairy….queen!”
and all I can think is
Why isn’t there a degree for that?
Why can’t I have a BA in Unicorn Studies?
Why isn’t there a lab where you learn
how to make glitter and ball gowns?
What ever happened to being whatever you want when you grow up?
I want to ban the word dream
and make everything a reality
There is nothing too far away; nothing too crazy
We’ll be Batman doctors and astronaut pirates!
Beyonce, first woman president of the United States
and Harry Potter, Nascar champion!
We’ll pave our streets with Legos
and build our houses with Lincoln Logs
There will be a firework show outside our window
We will never once have to change our major because
We will have everything we ever wanted
All of our stardust scattered along the galaxy
like a trail of breadcrumbs
leading us back when we get lost
When we finally do grow up, we’ll live in a world
where teachers get paid the same
as the people who make all the rules
and there’s no such thing as cutting creativity out of education
because creativity is the education
Where artists can live off of their creation
and poets can live off of their wisdom
without back-ups schemes or plan b’s
We’re the O.G.’s of dreaming like it’s kindergarten
all over again
Hell, I’m 22 years old and still waiting for the day
I wake up with a mermaid tail
because I never stopped dreaming
I never stopped being
F o u r
Just like her,
all Hopscotch shimmy and butterfly sing-song
Because let’s face it, being a grown up…
but being Spider-Man or Super Mom
or whatever you were meant to be
that’s what life’s about
GiGi Guajardo is an award-winning performance poet, artist and social justice advocate. She was recently named the 2017 Albuquerque Women’s Slam Poetry Champion and went on to represent ABQ at the Women of the World Poetry Slam where she was ranked tenth in the world. She is a two-time member of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team (2013, 2016) and was named a National Semi-Finalist and a Group Piece Champion at the National Poetry Slam in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She also spoke on the NM Senate Floor for Anti-Racism Day, and was a featured speaker at the Santa Fe Women’s March. She strives to ultimately create social change through the arts.