This is what we are all about! We are so very happy to share with you some of the best student writing from workshops, field trips, and tutoring sessions at 826 centers across the country. We also accept submissions by any students age 6-18. All writing can be emailed to submissions [at] 826national.org for consideration. Read on and enjoy!
Friday, January 17, 2014
Poetry from 826 Students across the Country
The student poetry from our centers across the country deals with subjects ranging from Aliens and pet Elephants, to Love, Loss, and even climate change. This collection celebrates the creativity and depth of the poetry in our very eclectic collection of student writing.
You Shine Like Aphrodite
Michael A. Collazo, 826CHI
I love you Mom.
Thank you for everything you have given me.
You shine like Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty).
Because you are loving and beautiful.
I wish I could count how many hugs you give me.
You are the number-one mom in the whole wide world.
I hope you love me too.
You are like a butterfly flying to the sky as an angel and bird.
In the evening you shine like the horizon.
You are like a ladybug that solves problems as a finance agent.
How to Eat Chocolate: A Brief Guide for Aliens
Charles Lyang, 826CHI
1. Land the UFO.
2. Say, “Earthlings we come for all your c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e...
Now give it to us or you will be incinerated!”
3. Steal all the chocolate from Jewel-Osco.
4. Rip open the wrapping.
5. Stick chocolate bars through each mouth you have.
6. Let chocolate bars melt in mouths and swallow.
If you are disturbed, feel free to incinerate earthlings.
7. If you like, you can conquer the Earth.
If you don’t, you can destroy Earth.
How to Fall
Lucille Corbit, 826 Seattle
If you ever want to fall,
First you have to slip.
Let your limbs become heavy
Heaving breaths before your lips,
Let the day rush past you wave by wave,
Washing stories on your shore
Becoming shallow page by page.
I Wish I Had a Pet Elephant
Deja Hill, 826 Valencia
it wouldn’t stop raining.
the people evolved.
walking had been replaced with breaststrokes.
infants awkwardly doggy paddled to their mothers.
the dogs didn’t make it.
we scraped table scraps to sharks and stingrays.
in return, they protected us from intruders.
we all drove submarines.
however, we lived in houses similar to those that once existed on the
the capital of every country had been creatively named atlantis at one
point or another.
we held our breaths to watch the sunset on a new horizon.
Drowning in a Current
Kaley Walgren, 826 Seattle
Around and around.
You don’t feel rushed, and your mind’s relaxed.
You sink slowly down.
You don’t swim up or down.
You just look up at the light right above you.
You sit there are you listen
For the muffles of voices above you.