• This is a memoir comic about the day I found out about my fathers death.

    • Dear Yaqui,
      I couldn’t imagine how you could have felt but as little as you were when your father died I know it was probably super tough to go through growing up. You are really brave sharing about this. I really appreciated the explanations you put on how you felt so people would understand.

    • Hey Yaqui,

      I really enjoyed reading you comic. I admire how bold you are to share such a hard time in your life. I couldn’t imagine what that felt like. Panel number three was extremely powerful to be because the stairs were leading up to a pitch black room. I saw that as symbolism for what you could have been feeling, like alone or just empty on the inside after a really hard time.This comic is really powerful, short and straight to the story.

      Thank you for sharing this.

      Stephanie B

    • Dear Yaqui,
      This is a very deep story and I thank you for sharing it I think it was brave of you for sharing it. The graphic weight of the comic really stood out to me because of the dark coloring in the background that you added. I think this piece would really connect with a lot of young people that have lost someone that they love.

  • The world is already cold

    Family is supposed to give you that warmth

    That warmth you need to survive the cold

    That love

    That care

    I never felt that warmth

    That love

    That care

    I felt the cold

    I felt

    • My dear Yaqui,
      when you write the lines “The world is already cold, Family is supposed to give you that warmth, That warmth you need to survive the cold”, I had the chills, because I totally agree with these words. Love is such a powerful emotion, we have no Idea how strong of a hold it has over us. If you really need it, I and our friends can be the family that warms you. It may not be the one you truly strive for now, but it is indeed there.

    • I have never heard family love described like this but at the same time, it makes so much sense. I envision myself by a warm fireplace but I don’t feel at home until I have my family right next to me. It must be so awful that you had nothing to protect you from the cold! Just know that somewhere out there someone wants to be present and provide this lovely warmth.

  • Funny how people talk about change

    But go out accepting the oppression that surrounds them

    Change isn’t a belief

    Change is a actual thing

    A thing that can happen

    A thing many of us dream of


    • Yaqui,
      This is a really powerful poem! With everything going on in our world today it is really important to acknowledge change and how it should be a part of our lives. I love that you say that the youth are like the seeds that are planted because I too believe that the youth of our world are going to be the change. We have identified problems and we will be the ones to create change because as you wrote it is “rooted within us”. I loved your poem keep writing!

    • Yaqui,

      This is a great poem! I love how you talked about how people can make a difference in the world, but they have to put their mind to it. You can’t just believe in change, you have to become the change if you want to make a difference. I liked this a lot! Keep writing more!

    • These lines really speak to me — “Change isn’t a belief / Change is a(n) actual thing”. For things to changes, you’ve got to stop doing things the same way. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Yaqui wrote a new post, Feelings 1 year, 6 months ago

    Its like a day and night nightmare

    I keep on trying to escape the darkness in my head

    All the feelings

    All the emotions

    Start to become a blur

    They are to intense

    They start to become

  • I feel like being alone

    But in reality I just need someone to never let me go

    Expressing my feelings through writing

    Was just another way to cope with the pain

    I was numb

    Numb to the world


    • Yaqui,

      This post is so incredibly brave. It takes true courageous to write about your hardships in this way. Your writing is chilling, in the best way. I could tell that every word meant something to you, they made the reality so real that goosebumps rose on my skin. I am so thrilled that you have managed to stay strong and see the other side. I truly hope you stay safe and feeling better. Here is a video that you may have seen already, and although it isn’t directly related to your situation, I think you may find comfort in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltun92DfnPY

    • Yaqui, Powerful poem! There seems to be alot going through your mind and Im so glad you decided to share with the web. Its important to import your emotions into any artistic form, the way you delivered it was fabulous! I hope your doing well and thanks for sharing!

    • Dear Yaqui,

      This post is so powerful!! You had the courage to share with us the things that you feel and that is really hard because not many people are so strong to talk about this topics since for to many people this kind of topics are a “bad” thing but in reality is not. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      With Love

      Andrea Fonseca

  • This is very strong and clear to the point. I like how your poem sound like you even though you aren’t reading it out loud but the way you wrote it sound exactly like you. I have known u for our 4 years in high school and you have always been the chillest and laidback person. Good job!

  • This is a very powerful poem. I’m glad you got over your fears and were able to continue doing what you love. You can tell how much you have grown when reading your poem. Keep doing what you are doing never stop.

  • Why I’m Caring As Hell

    By Yaqui


    Growing up I thought no one would notice if I disappeared

    I thought no one would care

    I felt like I could run off and no one would see


    I never had a n

    • Dear Yaqui, I like how you put in a lot of thought into this poem and how you write with so much detail so the reader can visualize what you’re talking about. Good job!

    • Yaqui,
      I love your poem I find it so moving because I know you are caring. I also really appreciate you, not only because I know you care for me but for writing this piece so good. I think its strong becaue it really shows who you are and what makes you Yaqui.

    • Dear Yaqui,
      Your poem is so good, you are such a strong person for writing about this. Explaining how much you care speaks a lot about the type of person you are and you are not afraid to bring it up. I appreciate you as a person for speaking on this, because you are a caring person.

    • Dear Yaqui, I am impressed by your poem I think it speaks a lot of how open you are about sharing your life story and how that has shaped you to be the person you are today. I hope you keep writing to inspire people to open up as well or make them see that things can be okay. Thank you for being the caring person you are we need many people like you!

    • Yaqui,
      I really enjoyed reading your poem. I was interested when you started to talk about how you make others feel cared for. I think this is very important in today’s world. I was inspired when you said ” I was there to listen

      I was there to talk

      I was there to give advice

      I became a protector

      I was they’re shield”

      I think everyone should have someone like this to care for them. I look forward to reading your next post.

    • Dear Yaqui,
      This poem so so much reflection and though you have put into yourself as a person. It shows how you have grown into the amazing person you are today. I know you don’t show it often, but you definitely are a caring and protective person to me. You are a strong woman, and you always bring laughter into my mornings :). Thank yo for showing me another side to you, and I hope you continue to do so. Thanks for being their for me. I’ll always be there for you too!

  • This is very deep Kev you have created a powerful and strong memoir to describe your name. I got to learn a lot about you and your family. Thanks for being so open.

  • Y-A-Q-U-E-L-I-N


    I’d like to think my name is unique just like me

    I wasn’t named after anyone

    Nor does my name have a significant meaning

    But it means something to me


    My name is a myste

    • This name memoir is very strong because she explains how she is who she wants to be. Her name is a big part of who she is and how people view her. Everyone calls her by Yaqui except her mother who was the first one to give her, her birth name. The name memoir is a good description of how her name describes who she is.

    • Her memoir tells us that she’s both Yaqui and Yaquelin, only she’s drawn more to Yaqui when she’s around specific people. Her name is a huge part of her identity and that’s never going to change.

    • Dear Yaquelin,

      I am really proud of you about your post “story if my name” because it made me seem that you added a lot of thoughts and it convinced me that you like your name and don’t want other name then Yaquelin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Yaquelin That’s my name That’s who I am That’s who I will continue to be”. I think this part was really positive and really strong because you were say that Yaquelin will be the name that you will be using. Also this section was the part where it started out to me because you talked really positive with out no negative thoughts. Another sentence that I liked was “I’d like to think my name is unique just like me I wasn’t named after anyone Nor does my name have a significant meaning But it means something to me”. This stood out to me because you weren’t named after a person because usually we get our names after a family or someone else but I like how your name wasn’t named after a person. And I Liked how you say that your name means so much to you. Manny people say that they don’t like their names because they were named by other people. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you add a really interesting topic. I really liked your post you were really thought full.

    • Dear Yaqui,

      I love your post, ¨Y-A-Q-U-E-L-I-N¨ because it is an amazing piece that extrude a ton of confidence. I think your name is beautiful and of course very unique. One sentence that really stood out to me is that, ¨I am my own individual¨(Yaquelin). This stood out because it was really inspirational to me. I to think I have my own individuality that no one can ever copy. Another sentence that stood out to me was, ¨But now it just makes me laugh”(Yaquelin). I thought it was amazing that you can just be relax about it. It just show how much you grew as a person being able to forgive and forget. I love the fact that you can do that because one of my principles in life to to not hold grudges and let it go. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really loved this piece of writing. It shows your talent as a writing and also who you are as a person.

    • Dear Yaqui,

      Your poem was great and I can see that your really happy with your name. Something that stood out to me was ” My name makes me who I am” I can see that your proud of the name that you were given. Your writing was amazing keep up the good work.

  • This is amazing Nazia I never had the chance to get to know you in advisory so I’m glad I got to read this and learn more about you.

  • Yaqui became a registered member 1 year, 7 months ago

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