"Inside the Onion"

Gems World Academy
Cook County, Illinois

an onion with many expansive layers.

the outside, bursting with bubbles of blasphemous thoughts and silliness,

but peel away the layers and you see something else

inside serious, reflective,
understanding and empathetic,

thoughts zoom like a roller coaster over steep hills and around loops––
an enjoyable, exhilarating ride

underneath: a proud, complex supporting structure
that appears different from every angle.

beams of reason, sense, and fear
strategy, mathematics, and literature
walls of hobbies, music, and games

the foundation of my mind.

the center of the onion.