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“The Fall of the Big Bad Wolf” by Lakewood Student

October 19, 2020 6:50pm | Lakewood Student

  Many months have passed ever since that tragic day. The entire Wolf family distraught when hearing about the news from a local woodland creature. In their dank and dark cave, they mourned this unexpected crisis. It felt like something so unbelievable, something that couldn’t […]

Character Sketches and Dialogue by Lakewood Student

October 13, 2020 6:44pm | Anonymous Student

            Max Max doesn’t get much sleep these days. She hasn’t ever since she lost her mother a few years ago, she was only twelve. It’s been five years and she still spends restless nights thinking about who did it. […]

Written Character Sketches and Dialogue- By Lakewood Student

October 7, 2020 12:41pm | Lakewood Student

Character #1 Travels in a broken-down car. Travels lightly. A 46 year old man, danger around his every corner. Any move he could make would be a disaster, but he’s expected anything to happen to him. It’s just what he was trained for after all. […]

“Another Night” by Anonymous Student

September 27, 2020 9:35pm | Anonymous Student

“If Curruthers is there next time I’ll gut him, I swear to God I’ll gut him.” This isn’t a metaphor for anything, but McDermott remains unphased, his skin a dull grayish as the cab passes beneath a streetlamp, then an overpass. Though we’re the only […]

Vignette by Sydney Heckeler

September 27, 2020 9:05pm | Sydney Heckeler

Today, time felt altered–reality felt a little bit off. It wasn’t sunny, it wasn’ t raining — at least not yet. The thick, heavy clouds sealing away the sun seemed to whisper it was coming. The Valley felt different than usual, but maybe it was […]

“Gently” by Lavinia Grandt

September 27, 2020 9:02pm | Lavinia Grandt

The gravel road under my boots grinded softly with the help of the falling snow.  I stared down absently at the ground, where my boots left imprints in the strange, almost ugly mixture. Twisting on my heel to look at the path I’d made behind […]

“Pit” by Lavinia Grandt

September 27, 2020 9:00pm | Lavinia Grandt

There are hills, far out in the woods. We can see them all around from in town, and they seem friendly enough. They’re quiet, calm, almost peaceful. The woods are all those as well, but the hills are different, we know.  We can go into […]

“Senior Year for Class of 2020” by Charles Hericks

April 24, 2020 12:45pm | Charles Hericks

  Every student looks forward to their senior year of high school Starting in elementary school you become a member of your senior class year The class of 2020 started their academic careers in 2007 as little kindergartners They have put in all the hard […]

“A Restless Dream” by Avery Plumley

April 23, 2020 8:03pm | Avery Plumley

I wake in the morning with an image in my head He was there and I was there once again.   It is always the same boy In the same place And at the same time.   But he has never noticed He has never […]

“Words for Broken” by Avery Plumley

April 23, 2020 8:02pm | Avery Plumley

  Shattered, Crushed, Fragmented, These are words for broken.    Feeling demoralized and beaten By the dark figure before you Strikes from he who stands over you I feel so broken.    Ruptured, Severed, Torn, These are words for broken.

“Pandemic” Free Verse by Morgan Neumarker

April 23, 2020 5:32pm | Morgan Neumarker

We were the class of guinea pigs Between state testing changes,  Graduation credit adjustments New technology.  We were the test dummies  A generation of advancement Worked hard to get through the modifications Without recognition. Excited to finally be in our senior year Making our last […]

“A Cool Winter’s Night” Free Verse by Athanasios Pallas

April 21, 2020 5:05pm | Athanasios Pallas

Once on a cool winter night I sat by the fire Reading my book with delight, How I loved the letters The pages The smell of ink as I flipped through each chapter One after the other Until the pages ended. And I look out […]

“Where She Lies” Epitaph by Athanasios Pallas

April 21, 2020 5:04pm | Athanasios Pallas

There she lies as soft as a feather Never being disturbed by the weather Flowers now bloom where you lie The reason for this I don’t know why Perhaps it was your sweet smile That made these flowers want to stay for a while Although […]

“Work is Like This” 3 Haikus by Zeylie-Cheiky-Fakadej

April 21, 2020 3:16pm | Zeylie Cheiky-Fakadej

Work is his chamber, Home was his prior lowzone, He smiles all red.   He lives at his work, He tortures five little ones, They smile all jaune.   It is terrible, It reeks of garbage, Work is gray and dull.

“The Picture on My Phone” Free Verse by Anonymous Student

April 21, 2020 3:14pm | Anonymous Student

The skyline of the city rests against the horizon Between the rock I stand on and it, miles of water The light is it hitting the lake just right this evening The large waves containing a million gold flecks of sunlight The clouds above me […]

“Different” Ballad by Emily Keegan

April 21, 2020 3:13pm | Emily Keegan

  Houses are supposed to be home Some may never find that perfect one Some people stay alone. All you can hear around are bones   Those that have nothing to fear, Maybe the lucky ones for now. We shall wait for those to come […]

“Not The Same” Sonnet by Emily Keegan

April 21, 2020 3:12pm | Emily Keegan

  This home feels cold and empty. Nothing more other than the air floating around. At times, there are figures in the shape of you, but I remember that you are not here physically, Spiritually is not enough. That does sound pretty greedy, but it’s […]

“Fashion”

February 21, 2020 4:40pm | Ter Soe

I can never forget my childhood moments. We were a bunch of idiots running around the neighborhood. Well not exactly “Idiots.” Just a bunch of irresponsible kids. I didn’t even notice, until thinking about it now. God’s mercy, we could’ve died behind our parent’s neck. […]

“I’m Ellie Now”

February 20, 2020 5:44pm | Marissa Yeager

“Honey, I’m home come on out, look what I got for you,” she squealed, “you’re going to love it.” “Mom, I swear, if it’s another pack of mens boxers then I don’t want it,” I walked furiously to the front room, “I already told yo-,” […]

“Eucomopia”

February 20, 2020 5:40pm | Hana Johnson

Thomas often quoted himself as a deliberation of the loner society, just by the way he walked around, the intimidating look on his face would somehow be a vouch for why he didn’t have many friends. However, watching by the way he dragged himself about […]

Keyboard

February 12, 2020 7:51pm | Harmony Stone

Pink rose to my cheeks as I was called up. It was my turn but I couldn’t help but be nervous as hell. I couldn’t resist, much to my own trepidation. My sister wheels me to the ramp, and I am moved to the round […]

“No Running on the Pool Deck!” by Esther Dolatowski

January 28, 2020 9:32pm | Esther Dolatowski

“No Running on the Pool Deck!” Arms shivering, legs quivering. A cool breeze gusted upon damp skin creating a dispersion, causing millions of tiny little goosebumps. A place of warm comfort turned into a cool nightmare. I timidly walked up to the queue, my stride […]

“Walls” by Anonymous

January 28, 2020 9:30pm | Anonymous Student

I used to think the city walls kept us safe, kept the horrible outside world from getting in, but I realize now that that’s wrong. I lived in the city they called F-20.06. My moms used to live in H-district before they emigrated to F-district […]

“Sweet Learning” by Henry May

January 28, 2020 9:28pm | Henry May

Sweet Learning As the sky begins to turn dark, the air gets colder. Summer is almost at its end with the weather changing, mainly teetering on the edge of fall. It’s not exactly warm but you couldn’t call it cold either; a nice balance to […]

“Glass” by Anonymous

November 25, 2019 3:34pm | Anonymous Student

A girl made out of glass Had cracked skin and broken bones Bones made out of gold. Her veins pulled liquid white and black, A heart made out of diamond.    She cried each night for every lover, Love and pain and hate and rage. […]

“The Problem with Remembering” by Anonymous

November 25, 2019 3:34pm | Anonymous Student

The other day I went back to a place I once lived.  A community 2 hours south of here, where I once felt safe.  The streets, the houses, the school, all the time.  Only this time I was an observer.  I observed the person I […]

“Doors Close” poem by Vera Zoey Armentrout

November 25, 2019 3:32pm | Vera Zoey Armentrout

I sit deep in thought, About how those doors close, About all that I was taught, And how she’s holding a rose.   Finally I rose to hear the news, Dad comes in the room, To tell me that a door will close, And she […]

“The Story of Maleficent” by Holly Eubanks

October 22, 2019 6:38pm | Holly Eubanks

SCENARIO The fractured fairy tale written below is an eccentric take on the popular story of “Sleeping Beauty”. While most know the story to end with Princess Aurora finding her true love through a kiss after she is wickedly struck by Maleficent- the fractured version […]

Fractured Fairy Tale by Kendall Lunsford

October 21, 2019 3:40pm | Kendall Lunsford

My name is Rumplestiltskin. I have dwarfism, so people make fun of me a lot, but it’s all fun and games till they want something from me. That’s why I left my village many years ago, following the trails of desperation. I found a scent […]

“High School Snow White” by Anonymous

October 21, 2019 3:38pm | Anonymous Student

Emily walked out the front door of her house, fuming with rage. If only her mom had been a little less vain and self-absorbed, she could have gotten a  ride to school. But her mom’s extensive beauty routine had taken much longer than expected, so […]

“A Maleficent Chain of Events” by Taylor Hargate

October 21, 2019 3:37pm | Taylor Hargate

I arrived at King Stefan and Queen Leah’s castle during the christening of their newborn daughter, Aurora. I soon became enraged as I saw hundreds of heads turning toward me as I entered through the corridor; it had already started and I was not informed. […]

“The Shirt” by Jay Jaworski

October 9, 2019 3:38pm | Jay Jaworski

Last night I was on the internet, and I saw these teenagers with colorful spiky hair. They wore rubber bracelets that were covered in band names and graphic tees that if you looked at them for too long, I swear your eyes would probably melt. […]

“Lost Colors” by Jackie Branch

October 9, 2019 1:32pm | Jackie Branch

I sift through my dresser drawers for the umpteenth time, my fingers passing through layers of cotton and vinyl. My routine, our routine. My dust-colored eyes take in the blurred, monochrome tones we all wear everyday. I sigh, and settle for the short gray school […]

“Humble Gold” by Harmony Stone

September 30, 2019 8:24pm | Harmony Stone

“How can anyone be so lonely?” The stars peak out in the sky, creating their own little constellations in the black depths. Each twinkle, speaking in their own language. Yet, Daffodil slithers to her knees. Her chest, on this night, has weighed her down, as […]

Character Sketches with Dialogue by Vera Zoey Armentrout

September 16, 2019 3:10pm | Vera Zoey Armentrout

Character Sketches: Collio Collio was found on the planet Collior, it is a planet based nearly entirely off of war. Collior was founded by Collio itself, and it is approximately 789 years of age, based out of Jupiter’s time from whence it came. It has […]

Vignette by Mike Drewke

September 12, 2019 6:32pm | Mike Drewke

A guitar is an instrument that has six strings on it and is made out of wood. However, this instrument is so much more than just a chunk of wood with dusty strings on it. This guitar is a story in the making. Every little […]

“Bar Night” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:30pm | Jackie Branch

The restaurant was quite lonely that evening, the collective hum of drunk men and women dying down in volume as the night continued. I was sitting by myself at the bar, doing nothing new and nursing a half-empty glass of whiskey when these two young […]

“Abandoned House of Books” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:29pm | Jackie Branch

I wake up gasping for air, the smell of flames and smoke stinging my nose. I glance around the dim area, the last images of the fire licking at the photos and window curtains fading from my mind. I shake my head to forget the […]

“Tracks to the Shack” by Jay Jaworski

September 12, 2019 4:28pm | Jay Jaworski

The night was quiet as Sara walked along the railroad tracks, gravel crunching beneath her old off-brand shoes. The silence was eerie, but she actually quite liked how she could hear the howls of the wind pass by her ears. It made a shiver run […]

“Guitar Notes” by Jackie Branch

September 3, 2019 5:04pm | Jackie Branch

His yelling became a quiet purr after a few minutes. The drops of saliva turned to tears as he opened his arms for a hug, sobbing apologies. Goosebumps form on skin, hands turn cold. This bedroom, once a comforting place filled to the brim with […]

“The Watcher” by Kennedy Ball

August 29, 2019 5:31pm | Kennedy Ball

The Watcher She watches from the shadow, staring from the darkest corner of the room. She is a monster, something from a nightmare. She watches the room at all hours of the day. She’s an insomniac who gets energy from the fear of the people […]

“The Beach” by Jay Jaworski

August 29, 2019 5:30pm | Jay Jaworski

Soft, tiny grains of sand squished between my toes as I walked along the seashore. The sun was setting, and the sky was full of color. Orange and magenta almost blended together as they made a gradient into the navy night sky. The wind blew […]

“The Silence” by Sara Jarecke

May 17, 2019 6:59pm | Sara Jarecke

  She was eagerly unpacked when I got there, her case sitting wide open.  Feet dangling over the edge of the stage, she was holding the music, copper eyes skimming over it like it was a treasure map that led to a hidden stash of […]

Veteran commits suicide outside VA Hospital

May 2, 2019 5:21pm | McKenzie Lane

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is required by law to provide eligible veterans hospital care and outpatient care services that are defined as “needed.” VA defines “needed” as care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures, supplies, […]

Original Sketches by Jackie Branch

April 1, 2019 2:58pm | Jackie Branch

“Silence” by Jackie Branch

March 27, 2019 6:55pm | Jackie Branch

Silence… The night is the only closest thing to perfection in our broken world… “Come on, it’s pitch dark out here. Get in,” Beth opens the window and quietly tells me. A flame sparks in my heart at her voice, telling me what to do […]

“Hybrids” written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

March 5, 2019 3:30pm | Written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

 I was walking to the newly opened ice cream shop on W 117th. It was actually quite old but my friend Abe, and his friend Gavin salvaged it, and opened up a new Ice cream shop. It was quite the attraction because well I mean […]

“Ellie” written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

March 1, 2019 7:42pm | Written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

She was a gift to me. The cute little elephant statue that sits on my kitchen windowsill. My grandmother gave her to me when I was 7. She told me if I really believed, she had magical powers. As a child, I believed that I […]

“Cal’s Day Off” Written by Anonymous Illustrations by Madison Viccaro

February 28, 2019 7:51pm | Author: Anonymous Illustrator: Madison Viccaro

The past century is best described as an era of destruction. The wasteful and self-cannibalizing acts of humanity have laid utter waste to the biosphere, shrinking what was once a vast number of unique and beautiful species into a small handful of only the most […]

“Ninja by Night” written by Sara Jarecke Illustrations by Logan Snyder

February 28, 2019 2:23pm | Author: Sara Jarecke Drawings: Logan Snyder

Meerkat by day, ninja by night. Everyone else in my mob likes to make fun of me, but it’s not like I see them doing anything to help.  They whine and complain about the lack of space in our current enclosure, but are too big […]