Poetry Edition 4: Student’s Choice

This is the fourth issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

Students were given the option to choose their own poetry format for this issue.

Creativity is the Enemy by Grace Watson

We are creative;

It can sometimes be destroyed

By outside forces

The creative forces can ruin

Creativity, by destroying

Our self-confidence

Family members and

Friends can force us to be dull

Creatures who are dead

Creativity

Is a manufacturer item

Produced for profit

Creativity

Is the enemy because

It can be controlled,

Manipulated

To fit the mold created

By big businesses

Creativity

Is the metaphorical

Anchor and chain

Creativity

Will kill the artist in us

All. Don’t be boring

Love is Weakness by Emily Young

The door is brown

When I leave it makes me frown

Much like when you’re not around

Without you here

There is a hole in my heart

An empty void

That can only be filled with your joy

Just to hear that laugh

See that smile

Hold your hand again

Would fill this emptiness

When I went to go see you yesterday

I tried to be strong

I tried not to cry

But the tears still made their way

to the surface

Looking at your headstone

Seeing all the things you loved

Made me smile

You’ve been gone

for almost 4 years now

Everyone gets easier

I’ve accepted the fact that you’re gone

And you’re never coming back

Nobody who has died has never

Come back

I’ve expected the fact that

I will never see your smile

Or hear your laugh

Ever, ever again

Most of all

I have accepted the fact

That love

Is weakness

Seventeen Houses by JoJo Mundorf

Houses they mention

With roads I don’t remember

Where did I live when I was 2?

A different house than when I was 3

A black cat stays in my mind

The only thing that lingers,

From the houses

A fleeting memory

Living in an empty family room

Wasn’t even our house

We only moved out to the house next door

Live with the mother

Then live with the father

Live in a town where only

Churches and bars,

Was there even a gas station?

4 years, is that really the longest time?

I know there are more places

By how my parents talk

But they fade from my mind

The more I age

A horse and Spanish soap operas?

The heat of California sun,

I remember few horses,

But my parents know more

They say you lose your childhood memories

But only when you are old

But I already lost them

Buried in my mind

Hidden in moving boxes.

Katie Fleece

The days begin with the plans of success

Minds are set for nothing less

Than absolute accomplishment

And contentment

The mood is elevated

With a schedule not debated

Until the day hits

Screaming to call it quits

There’s weights on shoulders

Pushing down like boulders

Weighing down with the weight

Of the world’s obsession to rate

Anything and everything

The rush builds up in

Stomachs until it’s ready to blow

God forbid you don’t know

The day ends with heavy thoughts

And stomachs in knots

Laying in the bed

Emptiness running through heads.

Poetry Edition 3: Limericks

This is the third issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

These poems are limericks, which are poems that are meant to be humorous and have an AABBA rhyme scheme.

Marley Dowell

Katie is gay

She always makes my day

She is fun and smart

With a very big heart

With many things to say

JoJo Mundorf

Do you ever wonder if

Every fairy is truly a myth

They hide in the woods

Or maybe even your hood

They could make you jump off a cliff

Katie Fleece

I had a cat named Joe

He tried to eat my toe

His fur was brown

He wore a frown

But he was still my bro

Poetry Edition 2: Acrostic Poems

This is the second issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

These poems are acrostic poems. Acrostic poems have the vertical spelling of a word hidden in their lines.

Inside the Mind by Jason Bland

Inside
Nothing hides
Secrets
Information
Dark thoughts
Even how you’re feeling is
Too real to
Hide
Escaping isn’t an option
Minds are traps
Inside the human head
None survive it until your mind
Dies


Live or Survive by Jason Bland

Life
Is
Very
Eventful, but are we living
Or surviving
Really.
Surviving or living
Under a bridge or in a house
Rags or riches. No money for
Vacations
Is life living or just surviving
Vaguely
Escaping


Friday by Grace Watson

Friday night is when the crowd
Roars with excitement
In the bleachers, Moms and
Dads cheer on their kids
Athletes face off on the fifty
Yard line.


Walden by Grace Watson

While Thoreau lived in a cabin by
A lake, he couldn’t
Live deliberately.
Day after day, he fell into a routine. And
Everyday, he risked his life in the wilderness. He
Never succeeded.


Graduation by Katelynn Starliper

           God, I am
           Really, really
           Anxious and
           Distressed because of
  Graduation
          And
          The Fact that
          I’ll
         Officially
  Be an adult


College by Katelynn Starliper

              Could there be anything
           Worse than having to have
           A life plan?
               Like, I’ve been treated like a 5 year old for
         Twelve years, but now, I’m expected to make my own decisions
              God, who came up with such a
 Horrible idea.


Miserable by Remington Hiles

Melancholy
Ill
Suffering
Easily hurt
Rueful
Afflicted
Brokenhearted
Low
Eventually destroyed


Charla by Ciara McDaniel

                           Cherishing every moment of
                            Happiness
                        That can be absorbed
                  My hero
Who makes my life worth living
                          Family by default, best friends by choice

Poetry Edition 1: William Carlos Williams

This is the first issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

Our first poems are inspired by the work of William Carlos Williams (specifically “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and “This is Just to Say“). Click the poem titles to view the original poems. The student poems are featured below:

Based on “This is Just to Say”

Based on “The Red Wheelbarrow”

 

Issue 13: Business Memos

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

Our students have been writing parodies of business letters. Since they are not actual stories, most of them will not have titles, instead the title will just have the students’ names.

We hope you enjoy and please leave a positive comment or share if you liked them!

Grace Watson

Josephine Mundorf

Katelynn Starliper

Morgan Plank

Victoria Smith

Morgan Langenstein

Emily Young

 

 

Issue 12: Contests

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

These stories were created by our students to enter into various contests. Because each story had different requirements, there are many different genres and formats in this issue.

We hope you enjoy them, and we would appreciate any positive comments!

A Game Worth Watching by Genesis Burch

Easy Come, Easy Go by Emily Young

Too Sober For This by Newt MgGee

Dungeon by Josephine Mundorf

Norman’s Bunny/ Best Bud by Remington Hiles

Zombie Journal by Jason Bland

 

Issue 11: Graduation Speeches

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

With graduation coming up, we thought it would be fun to write graduation speeches! Each student wrote their own speech to their own graduating classes.

We hope you enjoy the following speeches! We would appreciate any positive comments, and if there is a speech you enjoy in particular, please share!

Stranger Dogs by Morgan Langenstein

The Future by Krissy Smelser

A New Beginning by Genesis Burch

Moving On by Victoria Smith

Line Up by Emily Young

Why is This Class a Thing? by Kerry Nelson

The Death of the Class of 2018 by Grace Watson

Goodbye to the Armpit of Hell by Katelynn Starliper

 

Issue 10: Eulogies

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the past few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on writing our own eulogies. We chose another classmate to read it out loud to the class and attempted to write it from their perspective and wrote as if we had lived long, vaguely successful lives.

We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

That Fusty Wench is Finally Dead by Taylor McBee

Emily Young’s Eulogy by Emily Young

Her Accomplishments by Grace Watson

Kerry Nelson, Local Looney, Is Dead by Kerry Nelson

Genesis Burch’s Eulogy by Genesis Burch

There are 5 Stages of Death by Marley Dowell

Issue 9: Fake News Stories

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may have some errors.

The Creative Writing class has been writing fake news stories. Below are a few news stories that were selected to be published. We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

Prince Harry Boycotts Carrots by Katie Fleece

Your Friendly Liberal Neighborhood Celebrity by Grace Watson

Dog Rescues Woman Buried Alive by Marley Dowell

Southern Californian Men Start Wearing Makeup and it’s Serious Business by Josephine Mundorf

BREAKING NEWS: Katie Perry Dies From Plane Crash by Natalie Young

 

 

 

Issue 8: Microfiction

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may have some errors.

The Creative Writing classes have been working on writing microfiction pieces lately.  Microfiction are short stories that are less than or exactly 100 words in length. Below are a few microfiction works that were selected to be published. We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

*A note from the instructor: The authors of these pieces have branched into a variety of topics, some happy and some sad. Our work up to this point has focused largely on personal narrative, and so I feel it prudent to remind our audience that students will and are encouraged to write narratives in voices other than their own. Some of the narratives below feature sensitive topics.

Happiness is a Warm Gun by Taylor McBee

Little Friend by Kerry Nelson

The Tree’s New Limb by Emily Young

Amanda’s Escape by Grace Watson

God I Hate Kids by Katie Fleece

Anyways by Marley Dowell

Jimmy the Christmas Pizza by Tyler Miller

At Least I’ll Always Have Joe by Katelynn Starliper

Issue 7: West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest Entries

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the past few weeks we have been writing stories to enter in the West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest that is coming up. Each student was allowed to write in any genre they wanted and were able to take their stories in any direction they felt worked the best.

The Misadventures of Shawn and Carl by Katelynn Starliper

Something Else? by Kerry Nelson

Trapped by Morgan Langenstein

The Mythology of Homosexuality by Katie Fleece

Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire by Marley Dowell

Issue 6: Inspirational People

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the last few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on stories about people we find inspirational. In the beginning of the school year, we wrote a poem about a friend or family members that inspired us. Then, before Thanksgiving Break, we used those poems to help us find a memory to write about.

Setting the Bar by Grace Watson

My Inspiration by Victoria Smith

Colonel Young by Emily Young

A Mother’s Love by Genesis Burch

Backbone by Josephine Mundorf

Faith by Morgan Langenstein

Issue 5: Satire

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

These past few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on writing satires! A group of students picked a few of the best ones to share and we hope that you enjoy them! You can access these stories by clicking on them and we would love it if you shared these stories and left a positive comment!

The Clowns that Ruined it All by Katelynn Starliper

The Mouth Breather Law by Jason Bland

Kids Who Don’t Eat Their Vegetables by Victoria Smith

False Advertisements by Marley Dowell

Recently our school’s Cross Country team participated in States. One of our classmates went to the event and below you can find her memoir that she has written about the experience. We would greatly appreciate it if you chose to leave a positive comment!

Unpredictable by Ciara Mcdaniel

 

Issue 4: Children’s Horror Stories

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

To get into the spirit of Halloween, our Creative Writing class has been working on creating horror stories meant for children! We hope you enjoy these stories, which you can access by clicking on. Please share and leave a positive comment!

The Noot Noot of Terror by Taylor McBee

Cry Baby by Genesis Burch

You Stole My Running Shoes by Ciara McDaniel

Caught Up in That Mess by Morgan Langenstein

My Cookie Eating Buddy by Remington Hiles

Issue 3: Genre Narratives

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing and several revisions, these pieces are all done by amateur writers and could possibly contain typos or errors.

Our third issue is genre narratives. Each student chose a different genre (society, romance, thriller, etc.) to write about. Hopefully you enjoy the stories listed below, which you can access by clicking on them. Please share and leave a positive comment!

Hammer by Marley Dowell

The Trials by Grace Watson

Flight 76 by Emily Young

Crashing at War by Thomas Munson

Ready or Not, Here I Come by Genesis Burch

We Were Born Sick by Taylor McBee

Issue 2: Memories

Colleen Anderson (author and owner of Mother Wit and Design in Charleston, WV) visited our class and shared some short personal narratives with the creative writing students. Colleen’s examples focused on finding a greater lesson in every day experiences.

After sharing her hand selected stories with us, she encouraged students to draw a map of a personally important place. Some students drew their bedrooms while some drew a relative’s living room. Others drew a favorite playground or park.

The flash fiction narratives below are the products of that exercise, the distillation of those treasured memories.

Milk and Cookies by Jason Bland

Embarcadero by Josephine Mundorf

My Life as a Handicapped Child by Krissy Smelser

Boomer by Marley Dowell

One Fish at a Time by Remington Hiles

Issue 1: Personal Narratives

Please Note: Even though each of these student works went through multiple revisions and several rounds of editing, they are still works by amateur writers and may contain errors or typos.

Our first issue is personal narratives. My students worked really hard to turn their interesting lives into interesting reading.  We hope that you will enjoy them. Please access the stories through the links below. Be sure to share and leave a positive comment:

The Strength Race by Ciara McDaniel

The Drunk Car by Josephine Mundorf

The Afternoon Spent with Satan by Katelynn Starliper

Aunt Cynthia by Marley Dowell

Cooper’s Rock by Victoria Smith

Where Are the Pierogies? by Kaitlin Fleece

Home Run Derby by Jason Bland

Morgan Langenstein

Life for me has been a game of chess,

but it’s a game I never win.

The board is flat, the same as always.

The game is fair and always congruent,

yet I still don’t win.

Our pieces are all the same,

but when it came your turn to make the move,

you always make sure you win.

You’ve always been put first and I am always last,

but now you want me to keep your selfishness hidden in the past,

you let me win,

your king is down,

but I knew your plan all along,

I’m just playing for the “thrill of the game”

but eventually you’ll let your guard down.

Check mate.

Katie Fleece

Life for me has been a tall glass of liquid hell.

At first glass it seems smooth,

With a few kicks.

But in reality,

It’s still hell.

All the time

I’m screeching

Like a pterodactyl.

With a sore throat.

And a burning fire.

Literally everywhere.

Seriously,

I’m always on fire.

What the hell.

What did I do to deserve

This glass of liquid hell.

Katelynn Starliper

Life for me has been the equivalent of being

Stung by four million bees all at once,

Over and over again

It’s like I’m outside, enjoying my life,

Happy and carefree in the summer sun,

Caught up in the birds chirping,

And the light breeze,

Completely unaware

And then I get stung by some bitchy bee

And getting stung by one bee is a minor inconvenience

But then a shit ton more come along and sting you too

And it’s like “What the hell? Dear Jesus,

Kill me right the hell now.”

And then I die

But then I come back to life because God hates me

And the cycle begins again.

Marley Dowell

Life for me has been a pair of headphones.

When I was first noticed,

I was in perfect condition.

I was treated like I was important.

But as life went on,

I was used so much,

that I slowly

began to tear apart.

I tried my best to stay in good condition for the happiness of other people.

But as I got older,

I stopped working as well as I once did.

I got tired.

And eventually,

after all of my hard work,

I was tossed into the trash.

My twisted wires and all.

And then I decided:

Once you’re torn apart,

you are never truly put back together.

And when people realize how broken you are,

they ball you up and throw you away.

Like an old pair of headphones.

Taylor McBee

Life for me has been a trip to Taco Bell

It seems like a good idea

But you’ll regret it later

You order something that sounds good

But it looks like a pile of shit

When you taste it, it actually seems good

Until you get home and start crying on the toilet

Everything hurts

Everything’s on fire

No matter how much pepto you drink

The pain won’t go away

Then your boyfriend dumps you because

All of the grease pimples

You get fat and gross

All because of a trip to taco bell

Jojo Mundorf

Well, I’ll tell you

Life for me

Has been an ocean

Tides that carry you-

Carry you out to places you don’t want

There’s the times

When it plateaus like a calm,

Dead sea

Then something calm

Gives complications

Sometimes I’m just out

Almost out of the ocean

Then low tide comes

It pulls me back out

To the unpredictable ocean