Halloween Horror!

Keeping with the theme of Halloween, the poets from the Latino Youth High School’s afterschool poetry program wrote about some of their fears. We analyzed 2 poem scary poems ; “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service and “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. From fallen dreams to climate change to the horrors of the hood, please do not get too spooked by their pieces.


Brian Z.

Rest the Wicked.

I live above the screams

Of those who corrupted their dreams,

Those who did anything

For the finer things.

What will it take for me to feel the sting,

Wondering what death will bring

And yet I lay awake tortured by the whispers of my guilt.


Ashley L.


We live in a world where the snow is starting to melt

And life on earth is slowly beginning to fade

The weather is only leaving behind a world they despise

So, they decided to create a thing nobody could see coming


There was a virus that spread like the wildfires that are killing the Amazon

This is one they decided to create

It brought the world to a great pain



Mike J.


Violence in the city

Rich and ghetto people downtown

Lot’s of poverty in the hood

What can we do?


Kim R.

Friday Night

as he goes through the night

guns shoot his body

that amount of shots he wasn’t supposed to survive

Three to the arm, one to the knee, and one to the back

wasn’t planned to be part of the nights’ vibe

everything goes blank before his eyes

a fear of his has manifested

and I’m afraid for his life

it was supposed to take off to higher heights

now it’s being questioned by some Friday night




“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.