I’m basically just another caffeine-loving college kid.

Who I am

My name is Marissa Birmingham, and I’m a university student from Providence, Rhode Island. I’m currently attending the University of Connecticut, where I am majoring in biological sciences on a pre-med track. My dream is to attend medical school and earn my MD/PhD. I am passionate about pediatric neurology and…

a happy little free verse

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In one place,
clouds of cigarette smoke clog nostrils
and descend through lungs,
and I am glad that I am not asthmatic
and don’t mind the smell.

In another place, a river.
Mountains overlook it
and reflect back at themselves.
A train, musty red and getting old,
rambles through on tracks
cut in the mountain.
It…

How exploring new denominations deepened my relationship with God

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“God has no denomination”

My grandmother is one of my favorite people of all time, and she is also the singular most influential person when it comes to my faith. She was my Confirmation sponsor in tenth grade, and growing up, I was convinced that she had a hotline to Heaven. When she asked…

How you can actually live by God’s message every day

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“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”’(Matthew 22:37–38, NLT).

God’s Greatest Commandment. If you grew up Christian, this was probably one of the first verses that were taught to you…

a free verse identity crisis

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I am the inside of your mirror,
the girl in the reflection who’s you,
but clearer.
I am your anthem,
win or lose,
your blues and self-hate
put to a face and a sunflower-yellow sweater.
I am the one in the plunging black dress,
squinting,
saying your curves look better
in something less tight.
Tonight,
I’ll lay wide awake in bed.
I’m stressed…

Marissa Birmingham

Biblical enthusiast and free-verse poet focused on perspective and purpose. Lover of Jesus, science, coffee, and kindness.

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