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  • Opinion > Current Events / Politics
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    King Wen of Zhou in the eleventh century kept a zoo called the Ling-Yu or “Garden of Intelligence.” Diane Ackerman, author of “Why We Love Zoos” (The New York Times 4 Feb 2012) seems to place the same value in visiting and meditating in zoos today. She claims that people do just this becaus...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    tagged cow pierced straight through as I am held down against my will branded bull burned, scarred my delicate skin rope pulled until I didn’t fight anymore red stamped indelible blood ink under a blinding fluorescent lamp dripping down my face reduced to a label plastered ac...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My eyes drifted up from the carved meat on my plate to the skin and bones across from me it ached a part of me sank and I shrunk back down in my seat face blank he smiled slyly and offered me kindly the peas but I wanted to say please stop trying to please me please it’s not nice ...
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    eyes burning red salty sting digging down my dejected face to excavate the truth eyes burning red salty sting carving canals down my cheeks to make way for barges freighting my baggage eyes burning red salty sting making motes lined with mascara and dragging my demons down to the gu...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    the sun sinks to its grave in the hills and the suit buries himself in bills but no one notices the little boy no one bothers to see who he kills the sun sinks to its grave in the sea but in the darkness no one sees the little boy and the girl he loves donning armor of aprons and latex glov...
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    The tech policy here is very progressive compared to other schools. We should consider ourselves lucky. However, certain teachers here have strict no-technology rules in their classrooms that go beyond school policy. It’s the end of class, the room fills with senseless chatter, students congre...
  • Opinion > School / College
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    I am proud to attend State High, a school that doesn’t ban books. We even promoted banned books week, and a photo contest of the subject holding a banned book. However, censoring books is more common than it should be. Schools, libraries, even bookstores censor books and other texts to shield stud...
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    “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be” (Lincoln). Happiness and depression are far too complicated to be controlled solely by levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain. Instead, there are many variables in life which can affect a person’s overall mood. Happiness is an ...
  • Poetry > Song Lyrics
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    Under the fluorescence of the glistening moon, I'll sit and await your presence, we'll be together soon. I'm tired of the sound of my tears, but your laugh is music to my ears. Studying the stars, soaking up the sun, whatever we're doing, we have fun. I'm gazing a...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I can't spend another night crying, one more night listening in, on my parents' fighting, their hateful words, their screaming. Yes, my brother can be a handful, but he's the best you'll ever meet. He's been through so much, he's such a soldier but he's be...
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    This world was once an amazing place, filled with generosity, kindness, and joy, all of which is based on love, in our world it no longer exists. Sure, you see the occasional good deed, a couple people here and there, but for the most part, the love is destroyed. We have to preserve the preci...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I can’t imagine being gently placed in a home, being cared for, given the nutrients I need to survive, and yet, despite the best intentions of my caretakers, my roots are trapped. they’ve filled my pot, now suffocating each other. I need to expand. They are afraid to put me outside- ...
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    I'm floating on air, and to your despair, it's not because of you. I know what you're going through. Of course I love you both, So much, you couldn't know. But in the end, I had to choose. I'm sorry I didn't choose you....
  • Poetry > Song Lyrics
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    In my eyes, you are so wonderful. I'm blind, to everything else in the world. All I see, is you standing right in front of me. I've read, stories that seemed unreal Until I met, you then I fell head over heels. Now I dream, so much about you and me. Thanks to you, my heart's b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Love is glass, fragile and waiting to be broken. Constantly in need of repair, constantly breaking all around us. When the shattered shards pierce our hearts, we must pick them out slowly, slowly removing, slowly consoling the pain. It can be hidden, protected inside a cabinet, shel...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My hand begins to rise with a mind of its own. The words are stuck in the back of my throat. I swallow them, yet again, I bring my hand down, but she sure is persistent. One of these days she'll regret it. All the hateful words, actions, thoughts, will come back to haunt her. ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The fall of night sturs haunting uncertainties, paranoia breathing down the back of your neck. Ghosts, monsters, and other unseen beings swarm your thoughts as horrifying scenarios play out in your mind and scarring nightmares slash all ties to reality. The moon’s ominous glow floods y...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    What is smart? Good grades? If that's what smart is, then I am very smart. But that's just part of smart. I'm not smart enough to realize that I need to do my homework to get those good grades, or clean my room to earn my mom's respect. I'm not smart enough to sto...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    With every stroke of this pencil floods more and more frustration. It is such a dull, pathetic little pencil, but I guess that's my doing. I suppose my incessant pounding hasn't made it any sharper. But that's just what I do. I push things so far they break, until they...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    War. It is such a wonder how three little letters can cripple entire worlds beyond life. Death. Destruction. Pain, grief, colossal loss, are all that this monster leaves in it’s wake. All hope, joy, happiness, love, lost on the battlefields of mammoth egos. Minds twisted, Hea...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I hate the feeling of sand stuck between my toes, but i love the sight of the tide as it goes in and out, washing away the worries and cares of yesterday....
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    Salty tears sting in my mouth as they stream down my face dragging along black mascara that had been applied with a smile just minutes before. High and hopeful spirits crushed in a moment with one look at them. One glance was all it took to make my world collapse. Slowly but surely it ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The sky is growing darker, the cold air bites. yet the sky lit with laughter, the air filled with delight. But for me, Christmas is gone, It's not the same this year. Despite all the Christmas magic, Despite Christmas cheer. Fake smiles and empty stockings, an undecorated tree, ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Twinkling lights make the world shine, lighting up everyone's life but mine. Somehow I'm untouched by Christmas cheer, missing out on this great time of year. As holiday songs play, my troubles should melt away, but as holiday songs come on, I wonder why I'm not singing along...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Sadness is a veil, masking my light. Confusion is the steering wheel driving my life. Disappointment is rain, keeping me inside. My mind is a swing, swaying side to side. Love is light, making the pain fade away, But love is glass- It shatters every day. Love may be laughter, brightenin...

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