“Love is Hard” by Maikai Ola

When I was younger all I wanted to be when I grew up was a journalist.  I would always have little notebooks of drawings and poems.  I never wanted to be anything but a writer.  I always wanted to inspire people with my writing.  Things changed when I was in sixth grade.  Teachers really started cracking down on my grammar, which I was never very good at.  English teachers are so into the grammar and spelling, they never focus on the story or message behind the essay or poem.  Writing is not about grammar and spelling, it is about getting your story out there.  My feelings for writing started becoming worse and worse since sixth grade.

 Freshman year I told myself that I need to become a better writer.  So I took journalism.  Journalism takes you out of your comfort zone of writing essays or short stories.  Journalism makes your mind think about the way you want to show your writing.  I really enjoyed that class and learned to love writing again.  This year I decided to take creative writing.  It was probably one of the best decisions I have made in high school yet.  I really enjoyed this class because it showed me that writing is not all about how you need to fix your grammar mistakes, it showed me that writing is about getting your story out.  My blog Maika’i Ola helped me get my stories out there.  It is hawaiian for “Good Life.”  I chose this name because it helps me remember that as long as I keep writing my life will continue to be “good.”  

I have chose to share this poem, “Love is Hard” because it shows that while falling in love there can be some doubts and troubles but if the person is right for you then the doubts and troubles do not mean anything.  This piece is taking me out of my comfort zone, which I have practiced all semester trying to improve on. After writing this piece it really showed me that taking myself out of my comfort zone really does make me a stronger writer.  


“Love is Hard”

It is hard to love.

Knowing you have the ability but not doing so.

This feeling has me lost.

The feeling of having butterflies in your stomach.

Being too nervous to speak when you’re around.

It is hard to love.

Wondering what to do.

Asking myself if I’m supposed to love you.

This feeling has me lost.

Being so happy to be here with you.

I am so scared that I might lose myself.

It is hard to love.

Never wanting to let go of the thought of us together.

Is there such thing as an us forever?

This feeling has me lost.

I am afraid of what might happen.

Wondering if I am doing the right thing.

It is hard to love.

Wanting to be a better person for you.

Choosing you over anyone else.

This feeling has me lost.

I sit here and think about us.

What is going to happen If I say I can’t?

It is hard to love.

This feeling has me lost.


14 thoughts on ““Love is Hard” by Maikai Ola

  1. The diction in your writing is really thought provoking, as it lets us get to see a side of love that is not explored a lot in media despite it being a common experience.

  2. You voice in this poem is very kind and optimistic even though the poem is asking about love as a question your words are almost a testament to love and what it means to you. Beautiful writing.

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