Amanda N. Young

Not Easy

I have all of these random thoughtsMy mind is looseSpiralingGoing down the rabbit holeOn a journey with no map, noChosen destinationRandomly twelve year old me thinks“Someday, someone is going to want me”And abruptlyThirty three year old me starts cryingThe quiet part of my mind watchesDetachedSurprisedIn exhaustion I feel both the sensations that I am “Okay”and […]

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When You Were Here

When you were here I could speak without words When you were here I could listen without sound A kiss for hello A touch for your mine This is language of our old life I miss your hands on my neck And your body on mine I miss your laugh and your moods And the […]

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I kept the gummy bears

Are there stale gummy bears where you go? Made Pink and Gold with Dom Perignon And filled with memories and ghosts of love long gone   Are there bubbles of champagne Made of late nights And filled with laughter and bad white boy dance moves Unpaid tabs and Spanish better left unsaid   Is there […]

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Wish

Dreams have come and gone Some goals reached some not Most bigger and more important than Romance- and yet I’m driving through tunnels again And holding my breath I want to be enough to be loved When the light begins I breathe And try to shake it off And to think of the goals that […]

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Choose a Better Kitchen Culture

“Don’t stay in a place that’s abusive, that’s not supportive of your growth and your sustained inclusion as part of the staff…Think of it as a buyer’s market…If you ‘buy’ your experience from the kind of place with a sustainable kitchen culture, it will put pressure on other kitchens to ‘sell’ the kind of culture that you are ‘buying’.”

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