Running into a new year

In Ms. Budzileni’s 8th grade class, we read Lucille Clifton’s “[running into a new year]” and thought about how we’re moving into this new year through these complicated times. We talked a lot about how poetry can hold all of our emotions: good, bad, and complicated. We discussed the exhaustion that a lot of us feel right now and that our poems can handle that and we can share that side of ourselves in our writing. We also discussed how Lucille Clifton uses the tools of writing (capitalization, punctuation, etc) and makes them her own, even omitting them.


New Year


New Year moving fast

Too fast

Like a treadmill

Going faster than I can


Like an ’83 Camaro that

Can’t go on anywhere anymore

It used to have the

Potential to go fast

Not anymore


Like an old man

Whose being forced to run.


New Year

Matthew M

This new year i feel like im walking by

doing everything at my pace but as i fall behind

it turns to a treadmill like im running constantly

yet nothing’s finished. as the sun set a sigh of ease

barely any sleep so now im the slow one

New Year

-Matthew G

I’m walking into the new year

like a snail

I’m sleeping in the new year

like I’m a hibernating bear

I’m crawling into a new year

like a sloth going up a tree


New Year

Alexa G

I am running into the new year

but yet I can’t keep up with it

I haven’t had the time to process

the past 2 years

I feel like I am running too fast but

still not moving anywhere




“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.