Presentation Secondary School

  • Ale Mercado illustration for That Single question poem

    That Single Question

    For who knows how many years, People have been pondering, Asking themselves that single question, What is the purpose of my life? From when I was a small child, I always knew what I wanted to do, I was going to be an artist, and share my art with the world. Never once did I […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for A Foggy Future

    A Foggy Future

    At first, I had it all figured out. My future, that is. I knew what courses I wanted to do; What colleges to attend. But now, I’m not so sure. My once bright and clear future Has become shrouded in fog, With no clear path of where to go. I’ve been told by many people […]

  • Illustration by Alé Mercado for poem Bullying


    It will make you fight to breathe It will make you think the darkest things It will visit you every day, taunting you It will make you cry every last year until you are emotionless and empty It will write your story where you can’t change the ending It will smother you and try to […]

  • Illustration by Ale Mercado for Footsteps


    I walk down a dark and vacant street I hear the sound of rustling leaves and my moving feet Shadows creep along the concrete walls The rhythm of my heart quickens as my chest rises and falls The moon is hidden behind the backlit whisky clouds Darkness is spelled across the alleyways and there isn’t […]

  • illustration by Ale Mercado for poem Fixed


    We are shunned and made to believe That the world is not as bright as we would like to perceive. That the silver lining is just a trick of the eyes, That anything pure is tainted with lies. Cover my mouth with a sticker labelled child, I said they lived happily ever after, and I […]

  • Stars

    Stars seem odd to aspire to be. They are beautiful and they shine, yet they burn out and die, as we do. They are so out of touch and difficult to reach; all their energy goes into being bright, just for them to fade away. I would rather be the whole night sky. Something people […]

  • Orange Overalls illustration by Alé Mercado

    Orange Overalls

    I keep them safe inside me mind, locked up very tight. They hum and haw incessantly. Restlessly. But I – I say nothing. The walls, they grow in width and height, hidden deep inside this prison in my mind. But I – I’m captured too. I feel them claw their needle-sharp nails against my inner […]

  • Clichés illustration by Alé Mercado


    I worked so hard to create an us that I lost myself in the process. I know it’s a cliché, but that doesn’t make it less true. After all, everything was a cliché with us, from the first cheesy chat-up line. Like every good whirlwind romance we went up like flames and came down in […]

  • Sooth-Said

    He tells himself a story: “I am great. I am wise.” There will be truth in that story. What though, it’s only lies. He listens to his story: “You are great. You are wise.” And he believes his telling. What though, it’s only lies. He walks his way through living: Thinking “great”, thinking “wise”; Taking […]

  • Illustration for The Dark done by Alé Mercado

    The Dark

    “I can’t face it,” you say. I stand quiet, don’t want to wound you when you’re already bleeding. But your words are shards, the barbed wire I’m clinging to to keep from going under. Because this pain, this sadness, it’s so much better than the dark: the eternal abyss where no light reaches. So yes. […]