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  • Nonfiction > Heroes
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    My friends often tease me about my so-called crush on Napoleon Bonaparte. I’ve tried to rationalize my love for this egotistical genius. What is it about him that has so engrained him in my heart? Perhaps it is the mythos that surrounds him, or perhaps I simply have a great fondness for plume-y ...
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    Picture a cul-de-sac, wide and sunny, surrounded by light-colored two-story houses. Now picture two pairs of sisters. Maybe the older sisters create art together on a white driveway, like Picassos with sidewalk chalk. The younger two are more active, jumping their scooters and bikes over curbs an...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I am the Poet Master and commander I spin metaphors between my thumb and finger, Weave them together like So many threads of silken truth Air them for a hundred years and Hang them up, On display and lovingly kept. I am the Author I hold the pen Steady in my hand, firm Like a heartbeat,...
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    I gazed upon thy scarlet threads this morn And found you punctur'd through, to show my skin Despairing, then, my scarlet heat was born Not toward thee, no, but to myself within. I fear I have betrayed thee, dearest heart! For thy brilliant shade, like deepest rose (Which caused my sweet a...
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    You stand at a window, hands and nose pressed against the glass. Though it’s cold outside, you don’t feel it; the heat inside is heavy and tangible, seeping through the walls and warming you from head to toe. Inside it is brightly lit and full of activity: in the black chairs that cover the floo...
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    This is supposed to be the most charming essay of my life. Oh, yes, it’s supposed to charm you enough that you’ll read it once and then jump into the air, crying, “Oh! What lovely prose and clever metaphors! Yes, we absolutely must make sure she attends our school this fall!” I’m sorry. I...
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    I have an unusual hobby. I knit, you see, and yes, I am young. “But that’s a grandma thing,” most people say, failing to hide their laughter behind tell-tale smirks. Oh, yes, very funny. What ‘most people’ don’t realize is that knitting has quite a glamorous history. It’s connecte...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    She’s always signed her notes with little hearts, and it’s not okay. Now, maybe if he wasn’t a 9-year-old boy, he wouldn’t care so much. In fact, in the future, he’d probably welcome her heart-signatures. He is a 9-year-old boy, though, and when he looks at those hearts, he thinks of fluf...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    O what beauty is Night! She is swathed in cloaks of thick black shadow and stillness, such stillness that a gnarled branch shifted by bird or scuffling rodent seems thunderous and revolutionary as have barricades and musket-balls, lunar landings and discoveries by satellite. Yes, I much pref...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I sleep best with the sheets tangled 'round my waist And my feet poking out below For who can dream with stiff blankets overtop? I find I am stifled by Neatly tucked-in corners and crisp folds And prefer instead the nest Of twisted covers with pillows strewn about. Then, at least, there is co...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    When I woke up this morning there was no sun outside my window I sat up in my bed and watched the clouds roll by There was no sound— just the silence of grey and the absence of thought. I went to my window, opened the blinds and watched as the stillness of the street was cut by the sti...
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    I saw the moon, tonight Held it in my hand Ran my tongue along its silver edge, tasting its rich sweetness Threw it like a ball and bounced it Until it took its place again amongst the stars I caught the moon, tonight Wrapped it in a net of silk Floated it through the sky, a boat in a sea of...
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    When I was younger I dreamt of royalty I dreamt of dinosaurs and outer space Of stars in the sky, Of clouds shaped like sheep, And giraffes stretching their necks to the sun. I dreamt of love and rain that came down in buckets, in barrels Of birds with wings so wide the lightest breeze sent t...
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    I had a dream, once, --a beautiful dream, of glittering nights in the summer heat, where electricity hummed in the air and when we touched, it was like rain steaming up from the heated earth, like a jungle whose magic is its mystery. We flew together, then, toes skimming rooftops and finger...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    Somewhere in a park in California, a boy sits on a bench and mourns the loss of his blue balloon. He hadn’t meant to lose it—blue is his favorite color—but his sister had teased him (“Just how long are you going to carry that stupid balloon, anyway?”) and, in his efforts to retaliate, t...

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