Myself, one with the natural beauty that surrounds me
green lush trees, scurrying squirrels, and rushing rivers
trickling water, the whistle of the wind, and chirping birds
the freshness of the grass and the humidity of the heat
the purity in the air and my peacefulness growing like
I hear the rapid heartbeats and
I taste that shy first kiss in the middle of
I feel the butterflies in their stomachs
I see the sparkling eyes meeting for
the first time.
She felt her most alone
in a crowd of people know that
they were all judging her
So much depends
a neon open
Raging with many
Beside the red
the sweetness of my loved ones
the kindness of their hugs.
the smiles on their faces
the laughter of my baby sister
the tears of memories long gone.
So much depends upon
a brown chicken
small with plucked feathers
beside the hug McDonald’s sign, running
for its life.
Manila High School
Date of Visit: March 2014
Faculty Sponsor: Robin Baugher
Visiting Writers: Stu Dearnley and Adrian McBride