Young Writers Project: Esra Anzali & Siena Stanley
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This month, we present General Writing responses.
Too many thoughts
Running in circles
as confused tears stream
down my face in
a beautiful dance.
Strawberries and cream
mixing on your tongue, heavy
breath on her face.
I like laughing while I
throw my patterned blue china
at the wall, giggling
as I jump around the shards.
Rain falling on her face
as you kiss her, down
by the river where you used
to take me to.
Dancing at 2 a.m. as
violins swell in the soundtrack
in my mind, my heart racing
as I sing softly to the
framed picture of the Eiffel Tower.
Late night calls when you
Can’t stop thinking about her
smile, or her laugh.
Screaming at the sky as
I pick at the strings on
my ukulele, long nails scraping
against the shingles on the roof.
Watching her favorite movies,
having a great time with your
normal girl at her normal house.
Sliding down the roof onto
the swing, throwing a dandelion
crown onto the stray dog who
wanders around the property.
Too many thoughts, too many
thoughts about you, so I pour the sleepy
tea over my head, hoping the
thoughts will get tired in 20 minutes.
— Esra Anzali, 13, Middlebury
You are enough
We all have a disguise on.
We are all forced to hide ourselves behind a mask,
making ourselves “socially acceptable.”
We all try to morph ourselves into something
that won’t be ridiculed and shamed.
Why are we as a society so evil?
Why do we make fun of those who are content,
just because they don’t fit our idea of “perfect?”
Why does there have to be one ideal,
when it is physically impossible for us all to be the same?
In fact, if we were all the same,
life would be boring,
and we would still all feel as if we weren’t enough.
So why do we only get acknowledged for our “flaws”
and never complimented on our own unique beauty?
Why are we corrupting the human race
into a population of people who feel like
they will never be enough?
Well, I would like to tell all of you reading this
a message that nobody hears enough:
Even if you don’t get straight A’s,
you are smart in your own way.
Even if someone tells you
that you are ugly,
there are countless
reasons why you are truly beautiful.
Whatever you are interested in,
There is no shame in any passion you may have.
And you make the world a better place
just by being in it.
And yes, this applies to you.
Don’t listen to anybody who tries to tell you otherwise.
We all have our struggles –
you aren’t alone.
— Siena Stanley, 15, Bristol
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