Letter From An Ex-Gifted Kid by Elizabeth Richards (Junior)

Please stop calling me smart. I don’t like it, and it’s not a compliment. Every time those words leave your mouth, I want to peel my skin off, Open up my skull and show you what those words have done to me. The scars on my self-love, The minuscule paperweight I call my self-worth, (The…

Radiance by Berenisse Pizarro (Sophomore)

You, my dear, shine so brightly. With every little thing you do, you leave a trail of light, And you leave it there for others to follow. A guide and an inspiration. You, my dear, shine so brightly. Call me the Night. The Darkness. The Void that covers that light, For I will wrap you…

Cry, O Young One by Elizabeth Dorst (Junior)

Sweet sap fills the air he sees, Through the thick mist and trees, He sees the bear-man, strong and tall, The little tenderfoot drools, He wants it all. But alas, his small feet are weak, He can’t express his love, His spirit is meek, He runs away when the bear-man is near, From shyness and…

To-Do List by Elizabeth Dorst (Junior)

It’s nice when I can count the worries on my hand I look at my list (my digits) and I know where I stand Then I can start to check them off one by one, Using a knife I cut my worries from my hand (very fun) I’m left with a beautiful perfect red stump,…

Loveland Lake by Lillie Irene Hernandez (Senior)

Bleeding light bounces off the ripples of the lake filling my peripheral vision, framing memories to come. The ridges of your fingertips graze only the very surface of my skin, sending chills up my legs; each hair stands uniform in response. Music blasting at every side of us, buzzing with every beat, dancing down our…

All in One by Berenisse Pizarro (Sophomore)

The childhood I lived never truly belonged to me It was shared with all the other curious minds in the world We didn’t spend our days playing outside No We spent them fighting bad guys and villains We weren’t busy sitting in front of the T.V No We were occupied dealing with the dragon terrorizing…

Vylona by Elizabeth Richards (Junior)

She smelled like herbs and sunlight. Like failed attempts at gardening and healing salves. She sounded like lullabies and the forest. Like warnings and black bears. She looked like impulsive decisions and brash words. Like soft-spoken, begrudging apologies and life-risking loyalty. She felt like warm hugs and carefully bandaged wounds. Like anger veiled by intense…

Life or Lifeless by Haeley Gallegos (Senior)

I do belong, I don’t belong I do belong, I don’t belong Letting the sunflower control my fate The pedals even seem to have a purpose It’s really the ultimate debate What is my purpose? Will I ever really know?  A Psalm of Life said it best  But how far will the fire inside go…

The Tailor Patched by Zoe Coats (Junior)

A woman of rhyme without reason Was Miss Melanie Bleu She wore their scorn well— The woman who was taboo. He’d left her at the altar With naught but a festering feast; To another who stays gold His heart was only leased. To the tailor she went a-calling She’d dress fit for a queen Her…

Paint Me Back To Life by Eliza Bratt (Junior)

She’s different now.  I used to see her in chaos The bustle of people on the street The laugh of a child in the theater The bark of a dog in a winter park The hum of a car outside my window. Now I find her in silence In every frostbitten morning In every sunrise…

She will Outlive me by Lillie Irene Hernandez (Senior)

I know that she will outlive me. When I take my final breath, when my ribs start to cave in, and when my spine starts to break, and my skull falls to pieces, she will fill her lungs again. She will exhale what is left of me into your mouth, and you will disregard its…

Stomach Ache, or Sweet Tooth by Lillie Irene Hernandez (Senior)

Your lips are burnt sugar,  glazed with vanilla the texture of whipped syrup. Your cheeks are like pieces of silk draped over a crooked wireframe. Your eyes are like pools of stolen moonlight, only they hide rigid daggers beneath them. Your tongue is contracted to a script, only so effortlessly written that my heart dances…