By: Addy Lee

I am filled with raindrops with


Colored leaves

I am like a paintbrush snaking through

pools of color


Or confusion

I seem like a yellow pencil

scribbling words in color

Words made

with sweet smelling sunshine

I am a purple

star-deprived sky filled

with cotton candy clouds

Clouds disappear into the darkness

I am filled with raindrops




onto the rough pavement

Sometimes I am a red paint bucket brimming

with vibrant colors


Gushing out of every corner

Rushing Into every room

Always changing

an art museum that hangs new pictures each day.

I seem like a watermelon red marker


Dries out

Never ending brilliance

I am an unlit

dark room


With fireflies

An orange, warm fire

A beach ball sun.

Flying through the sky,

Pounding a rhythm on the roof

I am filled with raindrops.


Addy Lee is 11 years old and lives in Seattle, WA, USA. Some fun facts about Addy is that she has lived in Seattle her whole life and she loves music and cats. 

The Tetralogy of Light

By: Eddie Xu

Under the elm
lie a child and a mother.
“Will the day come?”
“Yes, it will.
Do you see the stars?
They are sparks in the sky.
They ignited long time ago
to enlighten the people,
and bring hope to the dark time.”

“Then why are they disappearing?”
“Because even a star has its life.
Like us they perish,
but they bring light in their time.”

The child smiles.
So does the mother.
“Survive the dark,
and the light will come
to our side.”

The little boy stares
at the raging fire.
His mother lies
peaceful and serene
after a torture to her mind
for people seeing through
the eternity of dark.

“Aren’t you afraid?”
asked the priest aside.
“No, she just ignites herself
like the spark in the sky.
She gives us the light,
and, one day, so shall I,”
said the boy;
cried his heart.



Eddie Xu is 16 years old; he lives in Nanjing, China.  Eddie attends the Foreign Language School British Columbia Academy; he writes about society and the conscience, but only after 10 p.m. Sometimes he is inspired by literature where animals appear as symbols to criticize societal issues.

Image by Kyuubicreeper from Pixabay


By: Tara Yakaboski

I wait all day till the
perfect time comes.
When sunlight
the object of my desire 
just so,

I pick up the camera,
curl my fingers around the hand grip,
turn up the ISO,
lower the aperture,
increase the shutter speed.

From the first press
of the shutter button,
I know I have it.
The perfect

Photography is my escape.
Finding something
amidst the ordinary, is

people –
everything and
everyone has a story.
And there is no better
feeling than being the one
to tell it.

several moments in a video,
makes the moment incredible.
one moment in a photograph,
makes it



Tara Yakaboski is 14 years old; she lives in Cary, North Carolina. Some fun facts about Tara are -- she is an aspiring zoologist and photographer and she loves photographing the lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center where she is a junior docent.

Image by Congerdesign, Pixabay.


By: Patrick Wang

I am
the crystalline rays of the sun
refracted through evaporated dreams of a distant playground
my parents built for me.
Pass me through and see my colors.

Red blood, red bone Marlboro, red trailing off blue smoke
between you and me.
I’m crying
and you are so close I can smell your sweat mixing with ash.

“Man-up.  Real men don’t cry.”
I think about the swarm of limbs humming concertos of broken bottles and broken
marriages; holes in plaster walls.
The next time your hand finds my face, I don’t raise my arms up.

Instead, watching as red skin
marries blue smoke, birthing violet bruises.
“Am I a man yet?”

You don’t answer.

And my eyes grow like plums,
so ripe that
in the expanding darkness
I could be human.

Patrick Wang is 16 years old; he lives in Johns Creek, Georgia.  Fun fact: Patrick looks after numerous plants named after famous scientists.  His favorite is Copernicus Fernicus.

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay


Echo Sonnet to the Past

By: Emily Sandberg





Echo Sonnet to the Past




From where may I begin what’s done?                           None.
And from there, tackle pain or relief?                              Grief.
But will I accept or will I shun,                                         Run.
If in my heart, there remains only one charred leaf.        Leave.
Birds encircle the mind to no avail,                                  Fail.
Aiming and floundering, stepping with haste,                  Hate.
Yellow eyes fixed upon the unspoken trail,                      Ail.
For is this the journey or is it waste?                               Wait.
Glad are you that time cannot reverse?                          Worse.
From now I’d leap, falling forward, converse.                  Curse.
For now the barrier constricts me here,                           Hear.
But I feel you pushing, saving from fear.                          Near.

I feel your words when my mind slips back,                     Back.
But for the future moments, your words, I lack.                Back.


Inspired by “An Echo Sonnet to an Empty Page” by Robert Pack


Emily Sandberg is 17 years old and is from Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA. Some fun facts about Emily is that she has three dogs that are all poodles, and her favorite band is The Shins. 


By: Emma Dawson-Webb



Green wallpaper curled in moldiness,

Radiates anticipation.

Intense eyes never yielding, 

Send them spiraling into chaos:

Both the beholder 

And the startling emerald paper.


A young woman aged by imagination 


In self-pity 

and machinations 

that overestimate her importance.

Green encases her, 

Into madness.


The rotting scent of the viridescent corpses sugars the house,

Like creeping fog, stillness rolls in.


Violent gore in idyllic wealth,

Green toxins trap, blinding her, 

To the border between life and death.

She does not sense the anguished bodies 

Covered in poisonous holes beside her. 

Marionette bodies 

To cure a loneliness 

She doesn’t know she has.


Emma Dawson-Webb is 15 years old and livs in Kittery, Maine, USA. Fun facts about Emma is that she loves all things related to color and she has a passion for writing stories and poetry based on historical events. 

What Remains

By: Aditya Nair


What Remains


During these lonely nights,
I go for a stroll in the woods.
The dark helps me think,
remember our lost childhoods.

It was here we used to frolic,
Irrespective of the time.
Oh, how quickly things change
Shorter than a lifetime.

All that’s left,
Are the remains of a tree
Which we used to climb,
Our kindred spirits free.

The woods are now silent,
Spare the hooting of the owl
The chirp of the cricket
And the fearful wolf’s howl.

Oh, how I miss those days,
When we had no fear
The untamed came and played with us,
As if we were their dear.

It’s strange how the forest,
Feels so much like home
Not wanting us to leave,
Letting us free roam.

The leaves drift gently,
In tandem with the breeze
Creating a melody so sweet,
Giving the mind a tease.

I wonder why we ever left,
A place as beautiful as this
It has enough to please us with,
Enough to keep us in bliss.

But such is human nature,
Running after material things
Thinking that with money,
They can live like kings.

Why can’t we all come back,
Away from the city lights
Relive those forgotten moments,
Enjoy these childhood nights.


Aditya Nair is 17 years old and is from Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. 

Fun facts about Aditya: He loves to sing and is crazy about super heroes,

especially Iron Man. He is also part of a bird watching club in his neighborhood. 


By: Agnes Garrett

Soulmates are a tricky thing.
Whether platonic or romantic
everyone seems to have one.

A common trope, appealing to old
and young alike.
An idea that the stars, maybe the universe,

Created someone for you.
With souls intertwined, like vines on a lampost,

Your soulmate
Is fated to belong to you,
your own perfect match.

But you may never meet.
Star-crossed lovers may never meet,
a cruel joke.

A soulmate who was made for you,
but nothing was said about being together.

Their identity, unbeknownst to you.
like person meets person and your heart knows.

It could be the boy in the record store with
cuffed jeans and scuffed sneakers,
hair reaching his shoulders.

It could be the girl working in the bookstore,
surrounded by the smell of dust and old paper.

Could have been an old crush,
one you hoped to be something more.
It was just wishful thinking.

Maybe you’re one of the few that get lucky.
Meeting the one, and you two just fit perfectly.

Maybe you’re one of the unlucky ones,
crushed by the feeling that the one you wanted
didn’t belong to you.

Wanting to scream, “I defy you stars!”
Á la Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet, shaking your fist
to the sky.

You long to have a roadmap,
of who you are going to be with,
of the person who comes once in a lifetime.

In your lifetime.


Agnes Garrett is 17 years old; she lives in Richmond, Texas.  Some fun facts about her are -- she loves the show, "Parks and Recreation," and she speaks French.


By: Meira Colton

I was a little girl,
Just in first grade,
In a small town in Virginia.
She was my best friend.
She was the thing that made me happy when I was sad,
Who would sit in my lap when I threw a tantrum.
But she had to go sometime.
She died at 12,
When the time was right,
A couple months before our move across the country.
She was old, but playful; she was the perfect match.

We cried in the dark, using boxes of tissues,
All for you, all 'cause we missed you.
The tears where rushing down my face, sniffling every ten seconds.
Every time I see your picture I think about the good days.
You passed so peacefully.
We hoped you were just tired,
But we knew that you were gone.
Although gone, you are always in my heart.
At the sight of any Vizsla I go and pet them.
I will always be Vizsla-crazy, all because of you.
I love you, and I will always love you.


Meira Colton is 12 years old and is from Seattle, WA, United States

The Hateful Part

By: Olivia Griffin

There are many problems with this world,
From A to Z.
Some people don’t even know how hurtful it can be
When a man insults a woman
When a black person is shot.

Nobody realizes it can affect many people
We have differences the world cannot stand.
But I don’t get why we hurt each other. I don’t understand.
Thank God, most of these things don’t happen in Washington,

Heard about or not.

“You look fat in that dress!”
“She’s so ugly cuz she’s black.”
“If she’s Muslim, she must be a terrorist.”

Sometimes, I’m ashamed to be an American.
Sometimes, I wish that I wasn’t called a ghetto,

And the other people around me weren’t.
I’m sick and tired of it, and I want it to stop.

But it won’t.


To judge us for our skin color,
Or our sexual orientation,
For our communication,
For our transportation,
That we are white Becky’s and black Monique’s.

They tell us to get a life.
They tell us to go back to our country.
They tell us that we are unimportant,
That we are ignorant.

We are more than that.

We are in unison in our unique ways.


Olivia Griffin is 12 years old and is from Renton, Washington State, USA