Monday, February 24, 2014

"A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT" | Week 5

Dear Mr. President, let's be real.

I've never worked as hard on a poem as I have this one.

This poem is not a criticism of policy or your actions. This poem is a criticism of diction.

Please let me know what you think, and feel free to share.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"DEATH" | Week 4 | 52 Weeks of Aadil's Poetry



Death is unavoidable. I wrote this poem to ask the questions we should all be asking ourselves --we will all die, but what will we be remembered for? What will happen once we're six feet under the ground?

"Who will you be when you no longer are?"

Please let me know what you think, and feel free to share. Music credits to EefzBeats.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Education" | Week 3 | 52 Weeks of Aadil's Poetry

I was sixteen, sitting in Dr. Thelman's chemistry class reviewing a test I had failed when I decided I would write and post a spoken word poem video about education on YouTube. In the video, I criticized the "system of education" - the standardization of curricula, the use of textbooks, and certain types of teachers.

That poem has received some attention over the years, yet it has become something that I somewhat regret writing. I no longer agree with many of the views in that video, because I've had a chance to reflect on what 12 years in school has meant for me.

I hope this serves to inspire many students still in school to become "big fans" of themselves, and take control of their own education. Let me know what you think, and feel free to share.

"Growing Up" | Week 2 | 52 Weeks of Aadil's Poetry

My cousin Faisal Sardar Malik is going to Parris Island, SC tomorrow for bootcamp for Marines. I said goodbye to him today, and decided to dedicate Week 2's poem to him.

This is definitely a different type of poem than last week's, but that's the point.

Before you call me a softie 2 minutes in, please watch the whole video! :) I hope you enjoy. Please comment below what you think!

Thank you for your continuous support.

(music credits: "when worlds collide" by summer heart)