High School Creative Writing
The poets at Amundsen this week had a blast writing from the pov of an animal. We read “The Heaven of Animals” by James Dickey and Frank O’Hara’s “Animals.” The students brainstormed about the role of the animal in society, their own natural world, and if the animal had a job, what would it be. Students wrote about whales, houseflies, bears, wolves, and octopi. I’m so proud to publish the following poets!
“A Reply from the Pigs” by Harrison O.
What we think sometimes
you don’t know about us
is that we are not lesser beings.
We may not be big shots with opposable thumbs
or mouths to do the talking.
We are hardly the divine arbitrators
nor did we choose to be born with a squeaching snout,
a body colored like a cherry blossom tree
and a tail that curls like a whip.
We may live on a farm way out
there in the countryside, in a pig pen.
But a pen is also a home.
And to not forget that you too live
in captivity. We pigs live for free, no taxes or rent!
We may eat slop but if you had to, you would too.
We may be condemned to an inevitable
porkification, an inmate on death row.
Not all life comes to an end,
like a snowflake in the sun.
And don’t forget: we are self aware.
“Coyote in a Butcher Shop” by Rachel C.
And the cycle continues.
It’s dark and gruesome.
Eerie flickering white lights
making his knife stand out on the river
of pomegranate juice.
Sat there was a slab
swinging his arm letting the blade meet
the other side.
Why is there a smile sat on his face?
Not letting one piece go to waste.
What a crumb chaser.
Everyday he feigns for more rare
and more rare
and more rare.
“The Prince of Skies” by Meagan C.
The blood and black stripes.
Maria! Maria! Maria!
how the cries absorb the wall
dismissing letters here and there
The broad arrow mark on the wall
how sadness filled the prince like a balloon
drowning in tears.
In the ruby land above Mesopotamia
where the skies show sadness,
the carmine skies turn a shade of charcoal
whiskers pointed up
as if all of Mesopotamia knew
the prince was weeping.