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Poetry

Written by  Alta Loma High School  

This poem describes the cycle of life and uses the themes of Carpe Diem and Tempus Fugit to show how time goes by too fast, and before you know it, the end has arrived, and there's no way to escape death.

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

We often forget how certain words can affect someone. This is the effect this one word has had on me, that one day, and every other.

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

Overwhelmed by fear of the possible outcomes of a difficult situation, a girl experiences night terrors until she finds a way to solve her problem.

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

Imagine a dark room with horribly loud music, consumed in smoke, with a single strobe light probing the darkness with flashes of harsh light. At a table sits a girl, barley conscious, with a bloody nose, while another girl lies motionless on a couch. Two

Poetry

Written by  Rancho Cucamonga High School  

I ate a really, really good pizza.

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

The main theme in this poem is the fear found in oneself. Each person sees himself or herself in a distinct way that no one else will be able to understand in the same way. Distorted versions of oneself is commonly seen, yet rarely recognized. The purpose

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

Ignorance in humans is inevitable because there is no way to know the right answer to every questionable aspect of life. While sitting on Huntington Beach, looking at the piercing blue sky, I realized all the things that we will never know as humans. One

Poetry

Written by  Ontario Christian High School  

This poem was inspired when my friend suggested the title. It explores the dark depths and secrets of the human soul, encouraging the reader to engage in introspection. The hidden message of the capitalization further engages the concept of reading and se

Poetry

Written by  Alta Loma High School  

The pain I had gone through after my brother had died and how my oldest brother was my inspiration to go on.

Poetry

Written by  Etiwanda High School  

This poem was originally written in a pocket sized notebook, with my intentions being to fill every line in the notebook for one single poem. My selected writing style (with very few words per line), though odd at first, is, I'm certain, easy enough to ge

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

This poem describes the feelings I feel to the man that helped conceive me. This poem is my letter to him.

Poetry

Written by  Los Osos High School  

This is a villanelle dedicated to my three pet cockatiels: Kovu, Nala, and Rafiki.

Poetry

Written by  Alta Loma High School  

Rendition of the old nursery rhyme.

Poetry

Written by  Chaffey High School  

This poem talks about our value as a person and that we all have Individual Worth. We may not recognize it, but we all have it and should be proud of it.

Poetry   Teen   Young Adult

Written by  Ontario High School  

This poem is a representation of the afflicting emotions we have when it comes to a memory of the past. I decided to write from the point of view of the "memory" to represent how often our mind can be cruel and play tricks on us. It also describes how emo

Poetry

Written by  Chaffey High School  

This poem describes how a suicidal teen may act and think. Very detailed emotions on what is going through his/her head and what they are capable of doing. How they feel and attitude towards life. And how one friend can save a life.

Poetry

Written by  Ontario Christian High School  

I was thinking about common phrases we hear said all the time and why they may have started. They certainly are not always true, and there is another side to every thought process, a refutation to seemingly every point.

Poetry

Written by  Upland High School  

News channels, magazines, and social media outlets flood our daily lives with a constant stream of information that shapes how we view the world around us. Yet too often I see horrific social injustices swept away in the span of a ten minute spot on a new

Poetry

Written by  Rancho Cucamonga High School  

The coming months before winter are always filled with my need for rain...