A Series of harrowing Phenomenons

A butterfly flaps its wings, and you happen Mild breeze in California into whirling winds at sea Now there's a tornado in Maine and it’s your fault Drilling holes into my pores, uprooting trauma The hoover dam is cracking, good thing too I’m...

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Politics as told as teens

“The mention of politics is a surefire way to get teenagers to fall asleep.” -Leila D’Angelo in The Guardian Hello. I am a teenager. I am a bisexual teenage girl who is an American citizen and is interested in the fate of our country. And I am...

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10 Things to have Hope In

1. My fear of mirrors, ever since I was a kid, I believed that my body was more monotone than orchestra. For 16 years it’s reeked of infinitive insecurities. I was always the lost black kid. The one you threw compliments at to make sure I wouldn't dive...

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Prey

No fish wants to leave the water. But what happens when the tail of a fish grows into legs? What happens when the gills begin to seal and the fresh breath of salty water turns into the world's worst poison? Whats happens when the water you...

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Secret Poem

May Gold Rush Am I a fool to dissolve in the river, to be taken where it goes? Where will my body be, when you are all washed off? I will emerge from the water when it's hottest and it hurts for California Farmers to swallow. Did you send my...

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Destruction

Up on the parkway the wind’s in my hair, Watching the changing sky without care. Lush green mountains of flora and fauna, Hot summer days that feel like a sauna. Already there are signs of what's to come, We NEED to save the place we're from....

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El Salvador

I  can’t really remember the day well, but it was 2 years ago. In El Salvador, I studied communications. A career that I really like. In the career, we had to go to different places and take pictures of the best things we could find and write a...

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Fear

Fear follows us like a dog hungry for meat Fear controls us like a coach on the field Fear sleeps with usFear surrounds us like guns and knives Fear is everywhere just like spirits Fear is only an emotion You cannot smell fear but you can smell...

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Migraines

Migraines. This constant pain I battled with beginning in kindergarten is still felt to this day. I had a basic understanding of how pain and health conditions worked back then, having to witness some of the illnesses my grandma battled with in...

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Poverty

Destroying their vision ​ They know no better You keep them down Bounding their souls Forever below the oppression they only know and "love" Other than select few who slip through the cracks Oh what's that? Confidence I see? You know you know...

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Donna

there's a house where she’d sing wearing an amber gown barefoot Marvin Gaye from her room tv she said “those were the good old days.” pouring rum into a pan of chopped garlic and bell peppers her body moved with the sensation of the spices and...

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Black Lives Matter

The purpose of my “Black Lives Matter” piece was to explain that I completely support this movement, considering that I am a young black woman. The picture is meant to show that we as black women (or African Americans as a whole) are deeper and...

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Real Lives.

When you deny someone entrance into our nation because of simple national origin or how they pray, you don’t make America safer, you make us stand out, you make us more separate from the highest of decency, you make us more of a target to the...

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Of Colors, of Mountain Faces

These drawings are composed of a pairing of color, ink, and line work. This echoes common themes that I find and learn from in my life, how opposites can enhance each other's differences. This mixing of forms and media brings me joy,...

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Self Help

Write more. Free yourself. Embrace your black girl. Be that wild card everyone hopes they land on. Be that kind of wonder that flies into the eyes and seeps into the mind until it fills the body. Swallow yourself whole, take all of you in at...

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A Day Without Immigrants.

The campaign, which was promoted on social media and messaging apps, called for a “day without immigrants” in the United States for people, regardless of whether they are undocumented, or residents, or whatever their legal status. It asked that...

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The Love I Never Had

When i only saw rain and always felt pain u were by my side to lead the way how you’ve made my dreams come true to love and the wonders it can do when i say goodbye promise me u won’t cry i smile without any reason beautiful for me is every...

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Just Want to See if You Would Cry

“Hey, D,” he says when I’m standing in front of him and he asks me to hold one of the screws for the skateboard’s wheel. I slouch into the bench and hand him back the screw after he holds out his hand. The gloves that he wears make him look...

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Have Not Found

I have not found your hair On any other head Or your voice In any other mouth I have not yet found you In any other person I have not found what I had with you In any other person I should probably stop looking for (you in) Other people I have...

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Yours for Only $99.99!

Rebecca took another plate, soaked it in sudsy water, and rinsed it off. As she was doing so, the doorbell rang. Now who could that be? Phil was still in some wine-induced haze upstairs, most likely. She hadn’t planned on any visitors. She...

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