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Poems from 2015 students

POSTED ON: August 10, 2015

Drawing by Aviance Darrel Drawing by Suyang Liang Drwaing by Tammy Wei
Drawing by Aviance Darrel

This is what the world wants to see
By Aviance Darrel

The careful breeze as i walk
The smooth words as i talk
The calm
Like I’m under a palm tree
As i believe
That this is me
The only me
From when i began trying to be
Which was three
Learning that
Every time i began to be aloof
Is the only proof
That this is me
And i want you to take this
To show others that i’m
This mixture
Or pure thoughts and chaos
All wrapped In this picture of me


Silver Light
By Suyang Liang

SILVER LIGHT cuts through the
   dark night
Wind blows like a sickle slamming the
   half-broken door
Old man sits in a toy store
Waiting and crying for his bony dog
Daytime bars lack allure
Drinkers wake up and wonder what they
   are here for
One holds a bottle leaning on a pole
And four more
Crops were destroyed by storm
Farmers got furious
Kids giggled and picked up those
   remaining coreIt’s
starring at me, pointing at swirls
   on a tree
The girl looked like a startled fawn


5 Magic Tricks for Making an Object Disappear
By Tammy Wei

1. Turn off all the lights
2. Step back until it is too small to see
3. Let go of it on a windy day
4. Place it down and forget where you left it
5. Repeat its name until the meaning is lost


It all seems so beautiful
By James Oliver

In photos, in paintings, in books,
   in stories, we longed for a place not
   within reach.
We wanted to adventure. We wanted for the world to be new once
   more, the burning crimson skies,
   a rainbow sea, the floating islands
   of ice.
We longed for that place, far away.
   We wanted to adventure. But the sky
   was a burning crimson from fire.
The rainbow sea shined from the oil that
The islands of ice from the ever growing
   heat of the sun.
And where were we?
We were just trying our best to survive,
   longing for a place that only existed
   in our most intimate depths.

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