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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

She is



f o u r

I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up

She answers,

“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

every night

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…

fucking sucks

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.