by Craig Sipe |
You get to a point where
you can’t read them anymore
and consider yourself a grown-up.
But it wasn’t until I was fifty-two
that I threw them away.
How long could they hide
in a high school brief case
next to a box of sweaters
in the attic?
So…into the Dumpster Doodle-Doo
they went: her Wuthering epistles,
and my Heathcliff’s angst
Risen to the “beep beep beep”
of a trash trawler’s chaw.
By then she was a preacher’s wife
in Pennsylvania, and I was running
Manufacturing trades for a defense
plant in Rhode Island,
a job for which I was
They were two new skins
for the both of us
only one of which
had been redeemed.
by Isabella Lenniro |
addiction, boyfriend, break up, for him, heartbreak, high school, society,
The day I learned,
you were in love with
The day I learned,
none of it was real,
I cried for weeks.
The day I learned,
you never loved me,
I wanted to die.
There must be an iota of feelings,
or you wouldn't have said I love you,
at least on the outside.
by Kennedy Lea |
care, celebration, child, courage, emotions, feelings, first love, for her, for him, girl, girlfriend, growth, high school, how i feel, i love you, kiss, love,
Our elbows collided,
'cause my desk is wrong-sided.
Made for a lefty,
When I write
with my right.
by Stefani Nicole Jeppesen |
depression, grief, high school, loss, pain,
A light turned dark and gloom
Needing help but was invisible
Buried in the shadows
Dark thoughts consuming
A mission brought upon them
Soon to be completed
Warning signs not to be seen
Being warned but not knowing
Unsuspecting they fell
Into the traps of the dark
Bringing panic upon them
Tried to flee but failing
Terrified but united they stand together
They helped and supported one another
United till the end, but not to forget
Love the broken ones
by HGarvey Daniel Esquire |
death, life, love, high school,
As I take my last breath
The pathway to my death
Is the Arc of a Rainbow
In Darkness, unforeseen
With a Soul, so unclean
As a Raven’s or a Crow
I can feel this new Life
Sounds of bagpipes and fife
An Eternity, to Grow
Inspired by Dr. Ram Mehta’s Contest
“ Balassi Stanza “
Author’s Note : Dr. Ram has Taught me more English
Than my Jr. & Sr. High School Teachers : Combined
by Paula Goldsmith |
dad, daughter, love, school,
awaken for school-dad is there with hot coffee
Date Written: 2/26/2021
Note: In junior high and high school my dad would wake me up each school day with a hot cup of coffee. A dad's loving touch.
Without Saying I LOVE YOU Contest Judged:3/3/2021 Sponsored by: JCB Brul
by Simran Mendon |
10th grade, cute love, desire, high school, imagery, soulmate, urdu,
it is five a.m and his voice is a hymn i composed to honour my body.
his history is now mine, and I have sewn myself to his favourite memory.
his baritone is cinnamon flavoured - the words, crushed blueberries he has plucked out of the garden of his skin and from which I will make the most insatiable type of wine.
the smoke billowing from his mouth is my scent - the ittar I adorn my name with,
and this phone is the bridge between our beds - the miles that separate our worlds,
he asks me if I know how long it takes to fall in love.
Just long enough for him to say hello.
by Freddie Robinson Jr. |
fun, girlfriend, love,
Lemmie Jimmie is a playa!
Look at him smiling,
walking with his new girl
Why are the other pigtails all hating
on LJ being so happy ...
‘cause he caught the eye of the new girl
Watch Leonard James
affectionately always playing
with his favorite new baby girl
He a playa for sho’ ...
his high school sweetheart wife
by whitney cooley |
baby, blessing, boyfriend, family, love, marriage, school,
Life after High-School is gonna be tough
I will do what i can to get employed
Even though it may be a little rough
and I'm sure it will make me paranoid
I will then ask my girl to marry me
We will have a nice house and nice yard
It will be rough. Yes! I guarantee
But i will have her there when things get hard
Nine months go by there is a little boy
I hope that time doesn't fly by too fast
He will be my little bundle of joy
Before we knew it the time flew on past
Hes in college, its just me and my mate
So, life out of high-school i just can't wait.
by Robert Heemstra |
my Macgregor glove
my other true love
for so many years
taken away fears
you made me a some-body
no longer a no-body
through high school and the navy
when my life wasn't gravy
after the divorce
life took a new course
but then it got worse
after the first one
realized you were gone
the catches we made
I will never trade
thanks for playing ball with me
I knew had to set you free
by Thomas Martin |
cute love, funny, hyperbole, school,
by Jimmy Qin |
child, education, high school, math,
Occupations are not
all useful, like when Sisyphus rolls
and nobody cares. Even Camus
can’t justify my love
of quantum or calculus, when it’s burn-lonely
rolling out the integrals: I integrate
myself into a human
-ist Existentialist here’s the point -ist
theory of why I am why I am
and when I differentiate my parents
chide me. I gather the pieces again.
by Joshua Lacey |
inspirational, introspection, life, school, me, me, school, middle school, high school,
My younger years - I don't know how
At six and seven folks had a cow!
The journey through the mind begins
Do not think the devil wins!
In middle school has a crash
Doing some things rather rash!
In high school had good grades
Then they dropped - almost like Hades!
Drove and walked many a mile
Just to see myself and smile!
God rescued me and set me free
From a thing called apathy!
Love God's plan - it makes me smile
To think of things that are worthwile!
I might have had to just stop college
But in experience have great knowledge!
Born to help others - don't you see?
I think it is reality!
by Elissa Quigley |
anniversary, blessing, celebration, dedication, heart, high school, love,
See them hand in hand,
Together they shine brightly
Smiles on both faces
So sweet and caring to me,
Who could ever wish them apart?
Boy asks for gift help,
Girl matches my craziness,
Perfect for eachother,
An adorable couple,
Hopes and expectations rise.
Into another's bright eyes,
Example of love,
Now forever together,
May your paths stay bound as one.
by Christian Guild |
conflict, high school,
“You’re a foot fairy” they say to me.
“You’re a band geek” they mock at me.
“You’re a Jesus freak” they bash on me.
What can I do to gain their love?
Hatred toward everything I do!
When will this pass?
High school needs to die.
“Poetry is for fags” they tell me.
“Man whore” they call me.
“Nerd” they laugh at me.
Why do they do this?
Discrimination flowing through their blood.
What will stop them?
High school needs to die.
by k.m. braxton |
funny, high school, hilarious, love,
Sitting there so beautifully-
the one who had stolen my heart from me.
I walked right by to catch his eye,
but caught a pole instead.
by Honestly J.T. |
adventure, care, courage, desire, devotion, emotions, faith, feelings, for her, freedom, girlfriend, happiness, happy, heart, high school, hope, how i feel, journey, joy, life, longing, love, me, memory, passion, philosophy, poetry, relationship, romantic, summer, sweet, teen, teenage, truth, valentines day, wedding, woman, youth,
Every moment I can't see your face;
These are the days and nights when I miss you.
I ask that you stay for always,
On sunny days and when it rains too.
If I speak to another pretty dame,
She's not the flame inside that grows.
In my heart you will remain;
This one thing I'd like you to know.
©2013 Honestly JT
For Skat -Love's "Under 10" Poetry Contest
by H.Y. FU |
confidence, future, girl, high school, life, youth,
We are young
Love to sing the red maple’s sorrow
Love to ask why people are so busy
Love teasing merchants as they crazily whooped
Sometimes we see sparrow’s head overturned
We will laugh all day long
Life is dancing with the cloud and moon
Poetry is the vintage
Drunk together with sunset
The days passed, nonsense with reveries
The old prophet read my palm prints
He saw a great success in my future
But, what if it lost its tune, just like a song
No more applause and I will be totally alone
by carlos kipkoech |
crazy, earth day, funny love, high school, silly, student, sweet,
Ten minutes past time she enters,
She's too beautiful to be a teacher,
Her favorite short skirt exposes her thick thighs,
Lips red and pouting, she's a killer,
Right away my concentration flees,
Her and me far away at planet Jupiter,
With a bungalow and two exuberant kids,
I just wedded my teacher at Jupiter,
And it's Only within fifteen minutes,
Don't worry,Maybe we'll fix and visit earth later,
Bell rings,and she ends,
Only to notice,I didn't even open my locker,
Am back to Earth,not with her,but with several boys.
by Stephen Barry |
celebration, childhood, desire, hello, high school, longing, love,
Text Poem #1-afternoon
Park bike ride Random
Puppy Playdate creek
Romp with young Hippy
kid with boxer and California
hash crisp fall breathe
Text Poem #2-midnight
October full moon wheeling
Search for werewolves in the mire.
Tell a tale at Robin Hood’s fire.
Make a left at Sycamore pool.
At the door for a Dollar;
I’m a disco fool…
Text Poem #3
Turned into Irish
Pub Scout weed
Live rock n roll still
Text Poem #4
Where you been’s
And how’d it goes
So much time
so much space
face to face
by Carlyn Parent |
loveschool, heart, body, heart, school, middle school, high school,
First and Only
by Carlyn Parent
My heart tingles around the boy
in our middle school hallway,
inducing my body to a pleasant numbness.
My words stutter
the first time we innocently speak.
when his soft, thin lips passionately meet mine.
Surely this is just puppy love…
My heart tingles around the young man
in our high school hallway,
inducing my body to a pleasant numbness.
My lips waver
when he smiles my direction.
My legs weaken
when our blue eyes connect.
He is my first love.
by Boipelo Mo |
high school, image, psychological, teenage,
The mirror is her worst enemy
Yet she looks at it everyday
The magazines girl so skinny
She wishes,starves and runs her weight down
Should she be this way?
Should she hate the mirror?
Why can't the mirror be her best friend?
She was told she's too fat
Loose weight,get taller wear make up
She was once a happy little girl
Until her smile was taken away
She now feels unwanted
And she doesn't know love
Her self esteem has reached her breaking point
And suicide was a choice she made
by Andrew Shannon |
beach, beautiful, beauty, best friend, dedication, desire, devotion, earth, emotions, feelings, for her, future, girl, girlfriend, happiness, heaven, high school, how i feel, i love you, introspection, journey, july, life, loneliness, love, lust, memory, metaphor, morning, passion, relationship, romance, romantic, sad love, sky, summer, teen, teenage, woman, youth,
I wake on the sand
Right near the beach
You have yet to awake
Far out of reach
And Daybreak has arrived
A beauty unlike any other
Comparable only to us, girl
And how we love each other
So I gaze up alone
Marveling up at the sky
The warmth of the sun
Drying my eyes
I'm reflecting on us
Oh how each other we trust
I'm just so happy we're together
And I think to myself,
Just as this sun, we'll last forever
Then returning to be with you
I lay again now
Place my hand gently
On your warm tender shoulder
While I think of our lives today, love
And how they'll be when we're older...
I know there'd be no other way
So "I Love You" I make sure I say
To you, each and everyday
by R. M. Eichmiller |
depression, emotions, growing up, high school, psychological, school, teenage,
Why should I care,
Saying the same thing twice?
There be no reason,
To try in school,
When failure is nothing less than host,
To try with a hobby,
When no one reads your
Why should I care
No one listens,
Leave you behind
and you, nothing less than giving.
by Liz Engel |
analogy, anxiety, education, encouraging, for teens, high school, power,
words, structure, voice, ring
compel, rigor, empower
sharp, shape, decide, noise
tracks, choices, streams, tasks
insight, dreams, feelings, contact
deadlines, fear, drafts, concepts
chance, dare, divulge, honesty
life, love, liberty
social, ethics, compassion