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Desiring The Casual

A little poetry never hurt anyone. 🐛

This is a poem wrote back in the day.

Come, come insects and birds!
Devour and bite, no longer hide.
For this day can no longer get any worse
With Waldo nowhere in sight

Piano playing
Impossible. You're outside.
Hiding behind a masquerade, are you?
The books tilt, the light bulbs twitch.
The deep intuition and wisdom is progressing, yet...
Everything learned will forget to return.

The books on the desk stand up straight
They beckon you to dance with them
Impossible. You're outside.
The womanly mosquito decides to bite its host.
Caring to notice is almost the same as caring about other things.
So it would be best not to.

Yes, very dark outside. A reminder of
That one individual.  Breathing in a lonesome world right now indeed.
Those thoughts of "him" are noxious for my brain
With his eyes bluer and deeper as the Mariana trench,
I'm drowning in the sea.

I desire the casual yet I know it is
Time to think of the impossible.

This poem was featured in the POTW Issue 30 of Jacobs University Bremen (page 16).


By Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell Tech.

Outside of Slack, Frances is an Executive Director of Techqueria, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the largest community of Latinx in Tech in the US.

She also supports Code Nation as a member of their Bay Area Leadership Council and the Latino Community Foundation as a member of their Latinos in Tech Giving Circle.