Poetry

Nicknames For Me

The valedictorian who loves to win
Lazy girl, hazy girl
Girl with black locks who rarely ever mocks
Homework hater, the debater
Always uptight, very bright
Strong and loud, makes her family proud
The reader of books
She who cooks,
Stubborn and sporty, also very courty
A leader, a beader
This is me defined!

Chloe Dinh is a 10-year-old who lives in Lindenwold, NJ. She loves reading and has won three medals for it. Chloe is all about grades, grades, and grades! She loves to play ping pong, sew, and bake. Chloe wants to be a politician when she is older.

Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend

I am an oak tree.
Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend.
Child, look after me.

Caroline is 11 years old and a student in the fifth grade at Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood, New Jersey. When Caroline gets older, she hopes to be a scientist or a veterinarian. Her advice for writers and artists young and old: mistakes are not always the end. They are the bloom of new ideas.

Little River

Life surrounds me,
It allows me to relax.
Turtles lay in the sun on their rock,
Time feels less rushed.
Ladybugs sit in their bush,
Earth spins slowly with my thoughts

Resting in my kayak,
I am free again.
Voices of nature whisper,
Evergreen trees all around,
Rain can't wash me away from here.

I am an oak tree

I am an oak tree.
Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend.
Child, look after me. 

It’s a Wonderful Half-Life

I live a half-life,
Full of half-baked things.
Half-friends, half-dreams, and half-songs to sing.
Half-formed goals for a half-planned tomorrow.
Half-done coping for half-felt sorrow. 

The half-lived life, some think is insane.
With half-happy joy and half-seething pain.
But when life keeps threatening and belittling you,
You find it much easier just to cut it in two. 

Connor Healy is in the twelfth grade and he enjoys writing poetry. He lives in Medford, NJ, with his little brother and two little sisters. In his spare time, Connor also enjoys riding his bike and acting in musical theatre shows.

I Wish

Um, excuse me, sir,
Could you please stop the world now?
I’d like to get off.

Connor Healy is in the twelfth grade and enjoys writing poetry. He lives in Medford, NJ with his little brother and two little sisters. In his spare time, Connor also enjoys riding his bike and acting in musical theatre shows.

The Election of 2016

The year in question is twenty sixteen.
The problem is with whom was elected.
Despite all the opposing party did,
their candidate was rejected.

The system needed people to vote,
to cast a ballot in every state.
The results justified the actions:
Such acts of terror and hate.

Julia Carrigan is a 14-year old freshman at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She lives and breathes the musical Hamilton. With whatever little time there is left, Julia likes to read, act, and write.

Ocean

Stranded in the ocean
And she can’t even breathe.
The waves are pounding,
It’s hard to see.
She’s trying so hard to stay afloat,
Hoping she will spot a boat. 

After a while, she gives in
And the water washes away her sin.
Her eyes flutter, shut, and her
Lungs begin to burn.
The farther down she sinks
Her mind begins to burn. 

Karly Smith is a junior in high school and aspires to be a bestselling author when she grows up. When she is not writing, she is drawing to fill up her free time.

Sow What You Reap

We don’t stare into the void
So we can learn from it.
We stare into the void
So we can learn to live with it.

We don’t lose things
To learn their true value.
We lose things so we know that
They never mattered in the first place.

We don’t create meaning in our lives
To give our actions purpose.

We create the illusion of meaning
So our actions can be validated.

Connor Healy is in the twelfth grade and enjoys writing poetry. He lives in Medford, NJ with his little brother and two little sisters. In his spare time, Connor also enjoys riding his bike and acting in musical theatre shows.

I Am From

I am from where family and friends
are free to have freedom. I am from a
mother of five. I am
Latin and am used to saying
te amo for what could be the last time.
I am from a place where I cry my ass off for
my father who is not coming back.
I am from a place where I lived
house to house and school to school.
I am from a place where things
can come true.

Dillianni Soto is 14 and in the eighth grade at Feltonville Arts and Sciences. Her favorite subject is Math, but her favorite hobby is writing. Dilli likes to write because it gets things off of her mind.

Syndicate content