High School Creative Writing
For our first lesson together at Amundsen, the students read Rachel Richardson’s “Questions”. We discussed the parts of a poem and how image can drive the emotional response of the reader. The students were then tasked with asking questions about themselves, poetry, the world then writing their own lyrical answers in response. I am so pumped to publish the following budding poets!
“Confused” by Rachel C.
Is she going through a loss–
they could be–
maybe she’s hiding it
Why is she so curious–
there’s a lot to explore–
everything feels never ending
Why do I relate to her–
maybe we’re the same
or maybe we’re not alone
“Answering Machine” by Ruby R.
When is being jealous ok?
I chide and chastise each day and on the walls
of my house there’s invisible rules I wrote
with a crayon when I was young.
Don’t be jealous.
But sometimes it’s ok? When? When will it be ok? When
will time open a window I can climb through to the other side
where being jealous was ok with me. I need
to feel and and it’s like nothing. It’s like nothing.
Are there any sure things?
Betting on boxing and horses and basketball and the superbowl.
I need a sure thing–everything got dumped
sky falling down right on my house, my head.
So I need a sure thing because writing a list and writing a script
and writing my name and saying I, I, I, I, I am 1,200 times
to fill a box isn’t even a sure thing.
Where can I buy pink sweatpants?
In a disparate sparse train of thoughts
it seems like pink sweatpants
are the only thing I can focus all my attention on.
There is no metaphor.
“Top Search Results for What Is a Family?” by Nine Tails
Top results for “what is a mother”
A mother is the female that donates the x chromosome to her offspring.
A mother is someone that gives birth and raises a child.
A mother is someone that cares for the well being of children.
A mother is someone that cares for her children.
A mother is someone who loves her children.
Top results for “who is my mother”
My mother is someone who loves me.
My mother is someone who tries to teach me.
My mother is someone who I know technically cares about me.
My mother is someone that I’ve been told just wants the best for me.
My mother doesn’t feel like a mother.
Top results for “what is a father”
A father is the male that donates the y or second chromosome to the offspring.
A father is someone that impregnates the mother and works for the child.
A father is someone that provides for education and healthcare of a child.
A father is someone that provides for his children.
A father is someone who loves his children.
Top results for “who is my father”
My father is someone who loves me.
My father is someone who tries to be a role model.
My father is someone I know should be nice to me.
My father is someone that I’ve heard wants to protect me.
My father doesn’t feel like a father.