I’m Tala, I’m a sophomore at Roosevelt High School. Embroidering and reading historical romances are some of my favorite things to do. (deep breath) I can only imagine what it’s like for you all right now. I did have a few questions though… What motivates you to keep going every morning, to get out of bed? I know for me it’s the hope that everything will be okay. You should know that you are not alone, your work is seen. It makes me feel safe to know that if any of my family ever fell sick, there would be good people making sure they would be okay. Whenever I take walks in the afternoon, 3 out of the 8 houses on every block have signs thanking our healthcare heroes. I think I’ll make one too 🙂
All the best,
Tala, grade 10
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This poem uses a fundamental poetry technique, repetition, to share the writer's future plans.
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A soccer-filled, feud-fueled memoir.
by Regina, 826LA
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by Isabella, 826NYC
This poet rejects judgement based on the color of one’s skin.
by Byanna & Kayla, 826CHI
Two students across one city bond by writing letters to each other about the people they love most.
by Vanessa Ramon-Ibarra, 826DC
Living in the digital world can create unwanted attachments, as one student laments.
by Numan Khan, age 16, 826 Boston
A bilingual "I am" poem filled with conviction and courage.
by Melody Marcano, 826 Boston
In this poem, a student reflects on their roots and their desire to grow.
by Pretty S, 826 Valencia
Glimpse into the mind of a student who considers artistic influences in her life.
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A student reflects on a small moment and single sacrifice that transformed her outlook on giving.
by Sharoya Bracey, 826NYC
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by Jonas K., 826 National
A student explores the paradox of how technology is used amongst teenagers.
by Elizabeth W, 826 Valencia
Even though we may look different, we remain united with one another.
by Jazlyn Moses, 826 National
One student explores their online persona and the lasting importance of conscientious social media practices.
by Anthony, 826DC
This poem gives insight to what it's like growing up Black in America.
by Aniah, 826 MSP
A student is lifted up by the dance of her ancestors.
by Sergio M, 826 Valencia
A smile isn’t always what it seems.
by Navayah, 826 MSP
Through redefining a label, a student reclaims a piece of their identity.
by Reuben & Giselle, 826CHI
Two students write to each other about where they came from, what they love, and a few mishaps along the way in an exchange of letters.
by Joanne H, 826 Valencia
In this poem, a student’s experiences in two countries meld together as she seeks out her true home.
by Johnny Vasquez, 826 MSP
A family interview reveals a mother's painful past and shines a light on her persistence.
by Shayne Williams
Discover what one student experiences when they tuck their phone away for a whole day.
by Sian Laing
When Instagram becomes an unsightly battlefield.
by Justis Porter, age 16, 826 Boston
A neighborhood ode filled with sights and sounds of the poet's street.
by Cindy, 826LA
A student compellingly argues that immigrants deserve respect and to be free of discrimination.
by Samuel Wang, Grade 10, 826NYC
A poem about the complexity of love exchanged during the holidays.
by David & Daniel, 826CHI
In this heartfelt exchange of letters, two students bond over food, videos games, and some scary adventures.
by Savannah, 826NYC
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by Aphra, 826CHI
A student considers realistic happy endings and the representation of LGBTQIA youth through the analysis of two webcomics.
by Jasmine J, 826 Valencia
A student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.
by Maggie Munday Odom, Kailua, HI
This poem personifies Earth as a mother coping with the brutalities of climate change.
by Ryker, 826michigan
Liner notes that showcase the meaning and musicality of the Jimmy Ruffin song “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
by Kevin G, 826 Valencia
This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.
by Jahruwach Hamilton, 826NYC
In this rousing poem, a student asserts her strength and worth as a woman.
by Charles, 826 MSP
A student reflects on his life, stemming from the life of his father.
by Soraya, 826NYC
This student’s powerful piece reveals the essence of racial injustice.
by Sabrin, 826 MSP
The written word is a powerful tool, and this poem shares a few reasons why the author continues to write.
by Luciana, Grade 10, 826 MSP
In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis gives thanks to Children’s Hospital employees.