Transcendentalism by Sophia Hess

Time for a Change  

She was a hero.

Rosa Parks was determined,

to make a great change.

 

Moving Forward

His great soul helped all.

As Gandhi changed India,

many lives were touched.

 

An Important Party

Boston Tea Party.

A step forward to freedom.

What a great protest.

 

For the Future

Hero in my eyes.

A brave man was MLK.

Made the world better.

 

Sacrifice

She was just fifteen.

She spoke for education.

Malala was strong.

Fight For Your life By Andrew Fuhrman

 

Stand up for what you believe in,

Even if no one else is on your side.

Be rebellious,

But also be civil.

Let the past die,

Move on with your life,

It gets better with time.

No matter the tragedy,

No matter how bad times seem,

It will get better.

Once you’re able to move on,

You will be able to stand up and fight

Fight for what you believe is right

Fight and fight and fight

Fight for your life

An Empty Seat on the Bus Inspired by Rosa Parks By: Valentina Zamora

All I wanted,

was a seat on the bus.

All I wanted,

was my right.

But like a fallen tree in the woods,

They dragged me out of there without hesitation.

 

The only right I had,

was the right to remain silent.

But what does it mean to have rights…

If you can’t live them.

 

Oh how they prefer a sick heart over the others.

Letting people die rather than being a donor.

 

They give us laws,

In order to break them,

but we break them like a quiet bird on a branch.

 

Because we make life to enjoy,

instead of enjoying to take life.

Like they did in Mississippi.

 

We won’t stop until everything done right.

Even if they fight, we’ll fight through the night until…

There is an empty seat on the bus.

Natural Obstacle by Bishal Subedi

 

What does it mean to have rules,

The one where it turns on each other through hate,

The one where freedom has become the necessity,

The place where goodness hides,

The place where source of self reflection is needed,

The Natural source of confidence lost,

The movement for natural rights began,

Exemplified a source of restrictions on human actions by Gandhi,

Belief that one shall not physically fight for what’s theirs,

The Segregation of colors just because they weren’t the needed color,

The realization that one shall break the rules to create better rules,

The power of unification through tolerance and in arms,

Reflection of past following the future,

Age of darkness controlled by fear,

Nature shall take a hold of your inner struggles.

Full Potential By Cameron Ott

You are not complete until you reach it

Full potential is what you need

Believe in yourself

And stay true to yourself

Speak your mind

 

Keep your opinions firm

Started from a discussion club  

We are all individuals

With our own opinions and ideas

Stick to yourself when no one else is there

 

Imagination is a part you will need

Creativity and counter-cultural spirit is needed to succeed

Everything is connected through it all

We get jealous of people that have nicer things

Yet when we get like them you are straying farther from success

Sometimes You Have to Be Alone

What do you have?

Do you know who you are?

It’s so easy to fall in love.

And it’s never planned.

You don’t have to fall in love with one person.

Or anyone at all.

Fall in love with the flower growing in your front yard,

Fall in love with the way his eyes squint when he smiles,

Fall in love with the dew drops falling off the strings of a spider web,

Fall in love with the little rainbow that the glare of your window made,

Fall in love with the sky or the little old lady you saw in the cafe,

You don’t have to fall in love with a person,

Fall in love with life.

Every goosebump,

Every scrape,

Every strand of hair,

Every wrinkle on every finger,

Makes up for all of the pieces of yourself that you’re still mending.

Every layer

every nail bed

and every vein

Hides the secrets you’re trying to keep.

But keeping them from yourself will not do any good.

Mend your own cuts.

Trust yourself.

Myself ; Yourself (2 in 1 poem)

                              I’ll walk by myself,

                                                       Talk to yourself,

                       Eat by myself,

                                                     Dream by yourself.

                                         In this rusted cage, 

                                                         Love yourself.

                                        Since such a young age,

                                                       You are insane,

                                     I rely on myself,

                                                    Of course i’m insane!

                                    Always by myself,

                                                       You are yourself,

                                    Trying to be myself,

                                            Peace and love within yourself,

                                     Loneliness within myself.

Brooke Gutshall

Equal Pay

USA Women’s National Team stood up for women’s rights.

They will always put up a fight,

Through their great talents on the field they always unite.

Their victories are highlights.

Equal pay is what they want, it’s an unfair trap.

They hope for a victory will help close the gap,

Not just in sports so they put on a thinking cap.

They want all women to have equal pay that’s a wrap.

There’s a long history of athletes battling their employers for more pay.

It happens in the NBA.

This isn’t just child’s play.

Women are serious and just want equal pay.

Look at the stats,

they aren’t being brats.

It’s just a fact!

They deserve equal pay in this working class.

Madison Groff

A Psalm of Fishing Tournaments

Tell me not, in hefty hook sets

Life is but a brutal black lagoon

Who will catch the best fish, anglers begin to place bets

Nothing beats fishing under the moon

 

Fishing for sport armed with rod and reel

Equipped with flashlights and headlamps galore

No games are played here, for this is the real deal

After hard fought battles all participants will be sore

 

On the boat at midnight with the lights burning bright

The conditions are cold, black, and unforgiving, but only temporary

The drag on the first rod is clicking, it’s a fish alright

The hook set is brisk and unpleasant, but necessary

 

The weigh in approaches as well as the nerves

The fish in the boat’s livewell are active and stressed

A scale is brought out under the gill of the fish to do the job it serves

We weren’t the winners, but there is always next time no need to get depressed
Andrew Muschlitz