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Where I’m From

by Megan B., 8th Grade, inspired by George Ella Lyon’s Poem


I am from spatulas,File:Pink roses in the bush garden.jpg

from cooking and blue-fish.

I am from clothes hidden under my bed.

I am from the rose bush

the pink, red, and white ones

whose thorns I will never forget

as they stab me while walking by.


I’m from ice cream on a hot day and mini golfing

I’m from Nana and Ginga

I’m from brains of the family

and the loud ones,

from ‘You’re late!’ and ‘We’re not going to make it on time!’

I’m from CCD

with big green books

and chapters between chapters.


I’m from Mary Lu and Frances,

Singing and swimming.

From the heart my grandfather lost

To the tooth that fell out.


Under the cabinet was a flowered box

spilling out baby pictures,

unknown faces

that I think about in spare time.

I am from those pictures–

Older than I can remember —

All grown up.

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Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A Poetic Response to Nature’s Classroom

by Talia M., 7th Grade


Tiny stories

Embedded in ice


Lying in wait

Begging to resurface again

They call to me


My reflection

Playing tricks

Things dancing

In the ice

Telling me stories

Of seasons past



The ice will tell mine.

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Cough, Blow, Oh No

by Lauren F., 8th Grade

Sure my head is pounding.
So what if my nose sounds like bullhorns as I blow.
And who cares if my sinuses are as swollen as balloons.
I am at school and feeling like that second grader again.
That feeling of embarrassment where everyone looks at you because your nose is red and you talk funny.
But no, I am a big girl now and you must deal with all the physical and mental symptoms of this terrible day.
As I walk over to the tissues again it’s almost as if the box is talking.
Taunting me with words like “here we are again” and “someone’s nose looks disgusting as ever”.
But my nose is not my only stressor here, I have this cough.
A cough that I only thought old smokers had, but it was mine.
Every congested sound that comes out of my mouth sounds like a symphony of sick and I was the composer chained to its instruments.
But when I come home I reach for another tissue or glass of tea hoping it will defeat this nasty sickness.
So I will take another sip and blow another blow.
Waiting and waiting for this burn to go.
But here we are again day 11.
And nothing’s changed.

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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by Laurel E., 8th Grade

Now I can’t sleep
I stare at the blank ceiling
Remembering dreams

Painting by Adolf Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel

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A Response to John Donne’s “No Man is an Island”

by Willy D., 8th Grade

No man is a bagel
all made of wheat
bagels have no eyes
bagels can’t tell lies
and have no feet

No bagel you’ll meet
has ever stole a dollar
or a thousand or two
from the bank down the street
like us people do

A bagel is tasty
as long as it’s smothered
with a very thick layer
with some condiment or another
like a creamy white cover

I like all my bagels
with some kind of addition
like chocolate or raisins
lain out with precision
inside of its breading
where my mouth is heading

People aren’t like bagels
you can’t cut inside them
with a small plastic knife
and see what comprises them

You can’t take a life
and put cream cheese inside of it
you can’t take a man apart
and look at his heart
and see what resides in it
like a raisin or poppy seed
no one’s that easy to read.
Or at least I hope so.

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Spring is Coming

-by Jennifer K., 7th Grade

Spring is coming,
it’s almost here.
The air smells fresh,
the sky is clear.

The trees are budding,
the sun is warming.
A occasional rain shower,
here and there.

The snow has melted,
the grass is brown.
The birds are coming back again,
to nest and lay their eggs.

Animals are stirring,
the hibernation soon to cease.
Spring is coming,
and it’s here.

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-Lance V., 8th Grade

This glorious painting
All around us
The beauty, the detail.

Ah! look at those flowers
Poking up through the melting snow
Each blade of gras standing out
Drawn beautifully by the trees with buds.

The clouds in the sky
Darkening, a sign of rain
The birds fly in all around
Each and every detail around is beautifully painted.

I can’t help but think:
“What will it be like tomorrow?”

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