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Juan David

From Florida

Juan David was born in the city of Manizales, Colombia and immigrated to the United States of America in 2003. He holds a minor in Cinema Studies from the Film Program at the University of Central Florida and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s in English Literature and a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). After finishing his Editorial Internship with Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami Beach, Juan now works as an Editorial Intern for Financial Ops magazine. He was recently hired as an Editorial Intern for the Orlando Business Journal. On his free time, Juan also enjoys working as a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future. His passion for writing is both creative and professional. He enjoys writing poetry as much as he enjoys writing articles.

What inspires me?

Maya Angelou once said, “a bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” As an aspiring Poet/Journalist, I fancy Angelou’s remarkable insight. We all have a story to tell. Why do YOU sing? Many certainly do so to find answers. Others sing because they have no choice and unfortunately–many many others–having the choice, cannot exercise it: because their religion tells them so, because their political party justifies it, because their country is at war. A bird, indeed, doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song–but when that song is stifled–that is when one should always demand an answer. I once heard something about a writer being the voice of the soul. Therefore, in this blog I hope to encourage other writers to become the voice that always demands answers. Get up, and write. Be the change that you want to see in the world.Prose it, blog it, text it, chant it, speak it, film it, write it! This, is the fire that we harbor. It is our duty…and I would hate to think a day might go by where the weak must remain in silence while the rest of us sit and watch; passive, impotent, and utterly afraid.

Top 5 poems

  1. "My Apologies" by Buland Al-Haidari
  2. "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop
  3. "The More Loving One" by W. H. Auden

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