019. on thinking outside the box: SPEAK OUT!

image from the net
image from the net

Are schools killing student creativity?  Yes, some schools and some teachers are, according to one student’s rant comparing elementary and high school. As the piece was read as a prompt, the older workshop participants nodded – some indignantly, while others in passive acceptance. One of the younger participants, barely out of elementary school, appeared uninterested in the discussion, but his written quickwrite response says otherwise. 

“I really love when I’m thinking outside the box. It makes me more expressive. But to know that fictions and imaginations will be massacred by reality is pain on the back. I just can’t imagine how cruel this is. The only way we could stop them is to speak-out, speak-out for the thoughts that are supposed to be free. I have problems about saying this — but maybe its just the way it is. But it doesn’t mean we should lose hope.”

While these young creatives recognize that maybe “the way it is” is a “pain in the back”, they definitely are not backing-out of trying to change it.

image from the net
image from the net

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Everyone expects someone to fit in
Everyone wants everybody to be just like them
Because everyone fears being different
Being isolated
And that’s how the world becomes monotone
Everything’s the same
Because nobody wants to be an anomaly
An aberration to society
No one wants to be alone
How disappointing
Is this how humans were meant to be?
Acting like a machine following an algorithm
Programmed to behave a certain way

Humans can never be machines
We were given freedom
We were given souls
And it takes a brave soul to choose change
To choose being an anomaly
In this monotone society
Someone who is willing to experience hardships
In order to bring color to the world

– KK, 15

011. Croco and Leo

original artwork by the author
original artwork by the author

In a very hot safari, there was a crocodile named Croco. Croco is a juvenile. He lived in a river. His parents let him go, so he could train to be a real crocodile. His hobbies are hunting his prey, swimming, going to the dentist (or birds cleaning old food on his teeth), and eating stones.

When his prey pass, bathe, drink, swim and walk on his river, he will go underwater like a submarine. Getting closer and closer to his prey, then…snap!!! Crocodiles have the strongest bite of all animals. Croco’s prey are birds, deers, zebras, wild beasts, mosses, fish, crabs, buffalos, hippos, antelopes, monkeys, and jackals. He always wanted to eat.

Crocodiles are territorial creatures. One day, a lion named Leo was on the river. He is a male lion and male lions are strong, in their opinion.

Croco saw the lion. He was scared. But he was a double-minded crocodile at that time. He’s thinking if he will eat Leo or not. So he decided to go near Leo.

He showed his mouth to Leo. Leo roared to Croco, and Croco was shocked.

“Get out of my way. I’m bigger and stronger than you, dumby youngster! I’m the king here!” Leo roared loudly in a very scary voice.

In Croco’s mind, he will show that he’s not scared. But he was frightened of Leo. He will try his best to make Leo step back.

Croco said in a pretending angry voice, “Excuse me king of the airheaded, this is my territory. You can’t just wash your pits in my river.”

“Get out or I’ll eat you!” Leo roared.

Croco began to run fast to escape Leo. He just let him cross his river. He was thinking that he should be stronger and bigger. After a couple of months, he will plan to eat Leo.

So he ate more animals than before. Now, he’s a grown-up crocodile. He’s ready to eat Leo. His goal is to eat a big lion that bullied him, passing his river like a breeze. And now, Croco wanted to eat the king of the airheaded – and that’s the proud Leo.

One day, Leo finally came back to his river. Leo remembered Croco, but in his mind, the crocodile was still a weakling like before. He is so confident that he can pass again.

Now it’s the time for revenge for bullying a kid and crossing his river. When Leo was on the water, Croco zoomed heading to Leo. Suddenly he showed his giant jaws to that lion.

Leo was very shocked at Croco’s jaws. Croco snapped his head and ate all of Leo’s flesh. Blood spread on his river.

For the first time, Croco ate an airheaded lion. He was so happy and he wins victory. He was successful and he lived happily on his river.

– Migo, 12

006. (a reverse poem on bullying)

A 13-year-old considers the reality of bullying…

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It is reality
standing up for yourself means hitting back
Only cowards can say
violence is never the answer
Know that
fighting back means getting even
I don’t agree that
there is a better way to protect yourself other than to pick a fight
bruising someone’s face
is a better way of defending yourself than
using words
Truth is
that a bully has no feelings
It is false judgement
that you can stop being bullied by getting help from others
that to injure someone for your own sake is ok
Don’t consider
it an option to confront a bully before attacking him
that the only way to stop bullying is by getting revenge
Don’t believe
you can change a bully

To this day, it remains the same, unless someone decides to REVERSE it.

– Lena, 13

002. The Timeline of My Life

Joleigh timeline poem

The Timeline of My Life

Haunted with horrors,
Filled with terrors
That’s my past.

Fun-filled memories,
With some silly inquiries
That’s also my past.

More mature decisions,
Adapting to transitions
That’s my present.

Changes in masks,
A different approach to tasks
That’s also my present.

A step into the horizon,
And something to put my hope on
Well, that’s my future.

– Joleigh, 14