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Poetry Slam: Student writing

Last week Team Fink shared original poetry in a Poetry Slam. Below is their work.

If you are interested in hearing their poetry, check out videos here.

1) Haiku

By Macie Murphy

Wind dances through trees The Streams over flow with charm Nature inspires me

“Transformation” By Maddie Whitehouse

I am trapped with fear I need to break through these chains Only then, I’m free

“Stories” by Mitch Larson

Take me back in time To a place of history So I’m young again

“Write your epic” by Alli Randall

People have stories Life stories that can inspire Write your story well

“Release” by Angelina Basso

Can life be freeing Does it trap you in a cage Or let you be released

2) Limerick

“Success through a kids eye” By Maddie Whitehouse

There once was a boy on a tramp Who thought he could jump with a lamp He threw the lamp in the sky And hit a little fly Then he felt like a little champ

“Easter” by Angelina Basso

There once was a darkness all over the world It consumed us and made us unfurled but then there was a light No one had seen it in sight we felt it shape the world in a swirl

“Deflated Grape” By Megan Suedkamp

There was a shriveled up green grape Who held a rather odd bumpy shape To be called a raisin Would not be amazin So instead he was thrown in a crepe

“Wacky?” by Noelle Bergstrom

There once was a girl named Jackie Some say she was quite tacky She would roll in a ball And sit on a wall Sometimes she was even called wacky

3) Acrostic

“Life” By Charleigh Gibson

L augh without fears of the future I ntense and interesting your odyssey should be F rustrating and devastation will come your way E xplore yourself and express your psyche before you lay

“Epic” By Maddie

Searching through life Taking some risks Observing the world Running freely Young and dreaming

“History” by Jack Sanger

History repeats Into the future So how does That play Out for you Remember Your past fades and your future expands

“Be present” by Alli Randall

Look forwards not backwards Iduldge in the present Find the special moments today Enjoy the memory for a lifetime

“All things are fine” by Mitch Larson

Someday the sun will shine Turning the earth green Over mountains in time Revealing what’s not seen Inching toward the line Erasing the dreams Showing all things are fine

“O Scream O Sunshine, O Scream” by Makayla Au

Surely it understands what I need, Understands how to dig up the roots of a weed. o please understand dear sunshine, o please

Never will it fill me to the brim, Soaking me with the warmth of a hymn. o sing to me o sunshine, o sing

Half heartily slapping me with the wind, Inspiring me to relive all the days I have sinned. o renew me o sunshine, o renew me

Naive it becomes as it hides behind a cloud, Exasperation it betrays as it screams aloud. o scream sunshine, o scream for most of the world only sees you in their dreams

” Purpose driven life” by Lauren Stephens What is your S tory A beautiful sound T hat no one hears? A story O f a thousand words A wo R ld full of stories The world is full of stories, but are you living Y ours?

4) Blackout

Fear not, Light and joy, Peace and love, Come from the lord -Makayla Au

Silently listen to stories Whenever listening We wish To learn their Language -Megan Suedkamp

Gentle quiet But valiant Dream Kings and Queens -Noelle Bergstrom

5) Sonnet

“Tongues” by Macie Murphy

I am wrapped with skin, skin that holds secrets It is easily bruised, easily scarred I try to heal, but I have a weakness Peoples words are made of very sharp shards My soul cries for help, but you don’t dare hear You keep living, your tongue keeps on killing I fade away, I slowly disappear I turn to shadows, you freeze my singing I hope human tongues could be turned a-new Changing its evil into a stunning song Maybe one day they’ll be after you too Don’t be afraid because your skin is strong And from everyone’s heart hate could be sprung And that is all the work of the human tongues

“Comfort in the dark” By: Alli Randall

Fear steals the light from my beautiful soul Darkness floods into my once passionate eyes Fear chips pieces of me that makes me whole When will I soon learn that these are all lies Because I let fear control my own mind I am now trapped in a dark, unlocked cage I begin to like it here, I am blind Here I’m comfortable beginning to age My heart longs to see color once again I know I wasted lifetimes in shadows I need to leave my comfort zone but when? Thoughts come into my mind, I become froze I take a leap, a smile comes my face After that leap risk is now what I chase

“Falling to My Knees” by Makayla Au

Sitting, hiding, abandoned in the dark Thinking, contemplating, whether to stay Nervous, afraid, scared, waiting for a spark Waiting and falling to my knees to pray O darkness conceal my heart and hide me O hope disappear and never come back O death come conquer me with the dead sea O life go hide, returning with a whack O joy disease into what were my dreams O peace please swallow up my hateful pride O hate come and sweep up my loving themes O love wash away the peaceful loud tide As I step up from the melting shadow I am saying hello to tomorrow

“Sunshine” by Charleigh Gibson

You are my sunshine, that shine will spur on You turn my world brighter when outside’s dark When you’re gone, my smiles not set upon Without you nowhere I will find my spark You, give me feelings I cannot described I keep craving you because you renew How long have I been striving for our tribe? Didn’t know where to find light, but sunshine knew I am an emotional empty hole I don’t have any fire in my eye Within, I do not have a heart and soul Yet, I hear a voice telling me “fly high” You don’t have to frantic, just turn around Sunshine is here don’t worry, you’re not Ground

“Flavors of life” by: Lauren Stephens

Our stories are a part of our expression We long to share yet we never listen We are caught up in our self obsession Your story seems dull but it will glisten Our memories are part of our story Good or bad they will always stick with you In our highs and lows we give God glory Listing to stories can shape us too In all stories there is imperfection One comes to tell another somber news In all this bad news there is reflection All of my bad news who does it amuse All of your hateful words stab like a knife But all stories are the flavor of life

“A Good Fate” by Jackson Bolz

Fate is to be feared by some to be sure Destiny awaits you and I alike Fate is gentle to those with hearts of myrrh But those who hold hearts impure, it may strike Men conforming to evil ways beware Those who’s morals are drained as dry as drought Fate brings consequence to those who so dare It silences a wicked man’s great shout The innocent are judged oh so lightly Such individuals are favored true The just are strangled not at all tightly If happiness is sought, good you must do May great fortune follow those who are great For wise deeds and kind acts bring a good fate

“Listen to your Heart” by Angelina Basso

Walking in a cloud of darkness full of lies My head spinning, I don’t know where I have landed And no one, no one seems to her my cries But my head keeps telling me I am stranded My mind begins to give up hope As it lets my heart go into hiding It’s strangled up by a rope But my head and heart start colliding My head says “this is the right path” “It’s the one the world has traveled” But my heart says “it’s the path of wrath” The right path will be unraveled The cloud of darkened begins to disappear As the light begins to re appear

6) Free Verse

“Horrid Life of Luxury” by Jackson Bolz

Suffering from being one with luxury Fortune’s claws are torturous Terribly-trimmed are our plants and shrubbery Such a horrid life I live Why must one wait in coffee lines? How could one possibly choose where he dines? This chair is too stiff My life holds no gifts Such a horrid life I live Why does YouTube have no care for me It buffers and loads and advertises, that’s three! Such a horrid life I live I suffer education; I have to actually learn? Must my mind from nothing to something turn? What a horrid life I live… I live the Horrid Life of Luxury

“Eyes opened” by Noelle Bergstrom

My head is cold but my feet are hot My phone is out of storage But I need more I live a rough life of disappointment Things always let me down I have too many options Coke or Pepsi Too many rooms to lose my remote When my flight to a third world country is not direct I die But what I see opens my eyes Children with ripped clothes Mothers with children in fields Not knowing where their food is coming from Not knowing where to stay warm I have lots and not give at all They have little and give it all My options are many My space is a lot First world problems Is all I got

“The Day I Killed a Loved One” by Jack Sanger

No no no no no! I dropped my phone And I got a scratch on it Live is over, now I’m just a lousy cone The only thing that will make this better Is if the devil blesses me with sweet relief I’m done with everything Like…. Cmon, why me? What did I do? You see? Just because of this I’m hosting a funeral to my phone It’s the only way to fix what I now miss I could go to prison for dropping it My best friend is still there today Oh no I can’t let anyone know I gotta hide it I’ve got to move to South America I cannot be known as the phone killer Yeah, yeah I will change my name I will never own the same brand again No one will ever know Since I dropped my phone, I’ve gotta lay low

“Moon’s Eye” by Megan Suedkamp

I am moon’s eye, I watch the world pass by… I watch the world live, I watch the world die.

I look down and war is about, I go around sometimes I see love sprout. The love is brighter, but they choose war and war can’t cut as deep yet they let it spread wider.

Sometimes I laugh at how foolish they are.

They crave power and possession, though they are just the smallest speck from afar.

Just a body, a body with skin that can cut, flesh that will die, they spend their time believing they need to be the best, they need to be popular, though that is a lie.

I am moon’s eye I watch the world pass by…I watch the world live, I watch the world die.

Just a body, but a spirit that will glow inside, they can make a difference and leave an impact – it’s a choice you must decide.

I cross the earth look from peace to death, the peace exists we just need to learn to stop, love, take a second to take a breath.

The world is ugly, but also so beautiful, look from a new perspective, it might be amazingly different, magnificently unusual.

I am moon’s eye I watch the world pass by… I watch the world live and I watch the world die

“I Won’t Break” by Makayla Au

There is a girl everyone calls skinny, There is a boy everyone calls fat. There is a old man everyone calls ugly, There is an old lady everyone calls crazy. No one knows who they are No one stops to ask But if someone would, they would say I will stand up strong I won’t play along Because I keep my head held high Because I have hope on my side You can rock my world With hurtful words and untold lies But I won’t break You better see that I won’t break No one knows the girl refuses to eat, No one knows the boy has a serious disease. No one knows the old man was injured fighting for our country, No one knows the old lady has no one left in her family. No one knows who they are No one stops to ask But if someone would, they would say I will stand up strong I won’t play along Because I keep my head held high Because I have hope on my side You can rock my world With hurtful words and and untold lies But I won’t break You better see that I won’t break I won’t break I won’t break I won’t break You can rock my world With hurtful words and untold lies But still I won’t break You see I wasn’t meant to break

“First World Porblems” by: Lauren Stephens

My eyes come to meet the terrible news that my phone is at 1% I have the blues As a tear streams down my face my phone dies Oh the tragedy The pain Ouch my brain Now how am I going to find a lunch place without Siri? As I head back to my mansion in my Lamborghini My keys fall to the ground But the ground is so far away All I see is gray I take a huge step out of my comfort zone to reach down and get my keys Oh gee I have to pick them up myself I arrive at my mansion but my house keeper is not here And there is no more beer? Oh the tragedy The pain I can’t have a dirty house After a long journey I’m here An outlet is finally near And my phone reaches 10% I call an organization called FWP (First World Problems) But they were no help at all They just Said, “Stop it and get some help” Then they hang up I start to cry again Thinking that they didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear What has my life come to? No house keeper when I have a speck of dust On a desk that I never use Or dropping my keys Or maybe even receiving news That I didn’t want to hear Oh the pain The agony My life is ruined!

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