Five Minutes of Fame

Ms. Widman

High School Creative Writing


This week the Viking writers read Morgan Parker’s “Beyonce on the Line for Gaga.” We chatted about persona poems and how voice and tone influence a poem’s impact. We brainstormed about who we would like to write in the voice of and what would they say to us, themselves, the world. The students wrote from the voice of professional athletes, pop stars, neighbors, their parents, and everyone in between. I am so proud to publish this week’s persona poems.












“Titanical Heart” by Sarafina K.


My eight long purple tentacles scream

fear and my short white hair is overkill.

My makeup is over excessive and my contracts

are unfair. I tricked

a naive sea creature into giving

me her voice in exchange for some legs

so she could meet someone she barely knows.

I have been banished from the lands and despite

all of my unfairness, I am simply

looking for a form of love in any way possible.

I am a monster with the form of a titanic heart

sunk the day I was set as an outcast by society.

I did not really mean to go as far

as I did with my actions, I was simply

desperate and needed help. No, I didn’t want

to drown her with the eels or

hypnotize her “prince charming” into loving

me, or cause a huge wreckage and turn

her father into a horrid creature.

I made a whirlpool and almost drowned one of them.

I was simply trying to fix something was far past

repairing. My heart was still the same

when I met my end. Broken,

cold and very unrepaired.













“A Lab Report” by Hope R.


Dr. Decorant,


The results were inconclusive

although we tested everything you advised.

Nothing changed.

Subject 03202007 is still unconscious. 

I worry that with each new experiment

her waking will only get harder.

But, I trust your judgment

if you think she can handle it

if you are willing to take the risk,

so am I.


On the topic of [REDACTED]

Things are going [REDACTED]


Waiting for further instruction on what to do.



Dr. Kilm
















“Convo with Nickelback Speaking to Someone” by Sofia Z.


Hey there pal,

Meet me over at the studio later.

Hurry on over.

How long?

How long?



















“Love, Brent Faiyaz” by Anabella W.


Wherever I go the stage is mine.

I throw on my shades and I’m outside all night.

You know I’m forever yours

but you still get upset.

I’m having the best time,

but I’m a dead man walking.

And that’s just the prize of fame.

F*** is you talking ‘bout wasting time?!

I’m not your poison.

I’m your role model,

your addiction.

Seems like I’ve got bad luck

the last one left.


Last time, you came right back–

now I got a target on my chest.





















“To: Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz” by Amelia S.


The 1600’s feels so far away,

until I hear what you had to say.

Outspoken and much ahead of your time,

your poetry is beyond sublime.

And though your words sound like much more,

I hear your voice, and I know what you stand for.

Sor Juana, Sor Juana, I know it is so.

Tu eres una perdedora gay, como yo.

You’re a gay loser, like me.



“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.