A New Challenger Has Entered the Arena

Ms. Widmen

High School Creative Writing

Week 4: A New Challenger Has Entered the Arena


This week we discussed the epic. We read “The Leaving” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly and brainstormed about what we’ve achieved and what we want to accomplish in the future. During the free write the students were asked to write about something they have done or want to do that feels epic in their own opinion. I’m delighted to publish two wonderful poems below.



Learning How to Play the Guitar

by Jeff A.


Pluck, pluck, pluck

the sounds of a guitar,

sounds of a total amateur:

sound that would make people rather

put on their headphones.


A major, F major, e minor,

the sound of someone who is confident,

sound that would make people listen in.







Simplicity of Flowers

by Dom H.


My Mom has always 

been my number one.

I will never be able

to repay her for all she’s done.

I dream of buying

her a car

in her favorite color,

but I’m broke.

So I asked

her for help.

Together we made

my resume and job application.

The first thing I bought

with my check

was yellow flowers.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.