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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I checked the carton. “Expires in a week”, it advertised. Should be okay, I assumed, Pouring it over my cereal. I sat down And took a bite. And at that first spoonful, I could taste it: Sickly sweet, clumpy, tangy. Sour milk. I dumped out that bowl And scrubbed my teeth and tongue...
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    I like the bitter taste of green tea Because it’s refreshing in this sugar-sweet world Where everything’s perfectly perfect Sweet and happy and wonderful But really, the world isn’t like that The world’s sour sometimes And isn’t always yummy You can’t always coat the unpleasant ...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Ricky Williams once said, “I don't think people change […] the essence of what I am today is the same as when I was five years old”. I believe that this is true, and my beliefs were confirmed by one fuzzy, friendly horse. In the late spring, horses shed their thick winter coats for sleek su...
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    There is a moment encapsulated within a photograph framed on my dresser In it, my mother embraces the newborn me My mother's eyes and smile glow with the joy brought by the birth of her precious child Every time I look at that photograph, tears leak from my eyes Burning like a...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    Rosepetals rain from the ceiling Pictureframes flip inside out Tables and chairs begin feeling Daydreams rush out of the spout Butterflies crafted from money Treebranches draped in despair The clouds insist it is sunny Nurseryrhymes float through the air Mapleleafs fade into color Shootin...
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    My body is composed of rapidly-combusting carbon compounds When I encounter oxygen, I implode And emit water and carbon dioxide and heat I am exothermic I release heat instead of kind words or empathy or positivity Because of this, I am dangerous A system that transfers energy into its surro...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    They stood pressed against each other as if they were one, their jellybean-shaped bodies merging into a single being. Their patchy hair was the hue of arena sand under a cloudy sky, offset only by the mocha-brown shading on their muzzles. Their tails were nothing but ragged strings of an overused...
  • Opinion > Discrimination
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    What if opinions were forbidden? This question does not cross the minds of women in Westernized countries, who generally enjoy their rights to free speech and expression. However, females in Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are often denied these rights. For centuries, women of these...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    I attend one of the most competitive schools in the nation. My high school has a US News and World Report ranking of #2 for STEM, an API of 956/1000, and an average GPA of 3.85. At a high school overflowing with so many bright and brilliant teenagers, it is easy to feel worthless. Which is how I ...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    Imagine one of the many influential leaders in today’s society. What are the qualities that make them compelling? In order to be effective, leaders must understand and empathize with their people. Also, they must be powerful and popular: a leader who is not well-liked will most likely not b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    "You must do well," he warned, "Your sister was always so lovely." Of course she was always lovely: She was his wife. He wouldn't marry anyone other than perfection. He has rested all his pride atop your narrow shoulders; He has piled all his hopes on the possibility that her spirit re...
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    You can see the frost gathering on her eyelids Crystal tears freeze into tiny fractals on her pink cheeks Peach fuzz You press your hands against the frigid snow Your heart is ripped raw into tattered upholstery Too heavy to stand This is your fault She was too innocent Too pure ...
  • Hot Topics > Environment
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    Forget barbeques, broilers, and ovens. The stove of the future is a solar cooker, a device that is able to convert the sun’s rays into heat energy used to cook food. This may sound like magic, but these convenient cookers work effectively and safely to roast and fry all types of food. Not o...
  • Opinion > Movies / Music / TV
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    I’m an extremely sensitive person. I mean so sensitive that cry when I read the newspaper. It’s awful. So I struggle to understand why I started watching anime. You may wonder why anime is any different than regular TV. Well, I’m here to tell you why. Get ready to get hooked. ...
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    I’m in love with summer. It’s my absolute favorite time of the entire year, and not just because my high school takes a vacation for two months. This season lights me up inside as bright as its characteristic sunshine. As soon as the temperature climbs—usually early April for the Bay Area—...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I can see the creases in your reflection You know I know you know what that means You've changed for her It's as clear as your shattered glass hands I can see the snake tendrils tightening themselves around your neck You're struggling to breathe Don't let her take your life away from y...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    She always watched with quiet eyes, Her emotions reflected by their changes in size. Her irises were the color of morning skies, They were her shield, her mask, her disguise. She observed as if what she saw was a prize, She never faltered, she always tries. She never spoke to disprove their ...
  • Hot Topics > Community Service
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    I’ve known I wanted to be a nurse since the day I took my dad’s stitches out. It was early evening, and Dad was hunched over the bathroom sink, shirtless, trying in vain to remove the thin blue sutures from the still-pink – but healed – gash on his arm. I was watching him,...
  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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     Red is one of my favorite colors. This is unfortunate, because almost every aspect of today’s culture portrays red in a negative light. Take driving, for example. Red means stop: stop signs, traffic signals, brake lights, “DO NOT ENTER” notices. Red lights and stop signs are especially bad...
  • Hot Topics > Community Service
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    I’m sure most people can relate to this situation. You’re strolling along a city street, maybe on your way to a day of shopping or a nice dinner out. Somewhere along your trek, you pass by a beggar seated on the street’s concrete curb. Maybe they have a dog with them; maybe they...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    "Every time you get hurt, I'll buy you new earrings" why would you even think that would make me feel better as if insignificant pieces of jewelry could reverse the pain you've tattooed into my bones  (why do you choose to hurt me) I would never wear earrings you've touched anyways an...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    "Oh, you don't want me," you muttered quietly. "I have baggage." Baby, I need you to understand that I'd want you even if you had all the baggage of the world If your baggage clogged every overhead compartment of every airplane ever flown If you bought out every Loius Vuitton and Miu Miu a...
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    I'm cold the earth coughs up rain and swallows my pebble collection warm laundry smell surrounds me like thick nostalgia my paper skin flutters even though there is no wind flowers and toasters Incompatible kisses cardboard post it notes surround me like dangerous snowflakes a head...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    She was born of ocean and bred of waves They always knew that she couldn't saved She wore sea foam as jewelry and the tide as her clothes She followed the moon; she would come and she’d go Steep bluffs as her backdrop, she’d paint with the sun Kissing the seashore, warm sand on her tongue...
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    I need to practice my calligraphy It’s getting messy Like us We were once beautifully defined brushstrokes Neat and meaningful You could look us up in any kanji dictionary Now we are untidy and chaotic squiggles Marring the diaphanous washi Undefinable No matter how hard I try to improv...

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