July 25, 2014

Young Writers Project June selections

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The Photo of the Week was taken by Kevin Huang of Burlington High School. (Observer courtesy photo)

The Photo of the Week was taken by Kevin Huang of Burlington High School. (Observer courtesy photo)

This week, Young Writers Project publishes responses to the prompts, “General writing” and “Music: Write a poem or story that flows from a piece of music.” Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net).

 

General Writing

The Way

By Kimberly Nguyen 

Grade 5, Williston Central School 

If I had silver wings to fly, would I have reached the moon?

Would I have everything?
If I rewind back into time will my feet still be here?
So many questions, so many lies,

I just want to lay in bed my whole life.

Would the colors from photos and memories start to fade away?
Will I ever rewind to the time when I didn’t understand anything?
Would it make me feel better?
I wish we could all go back to simple words that start a friendship
Like hello.

If two roads diverge into a gold path, does it mean that the start has to be gold?
It takes time for dirt to become gold, and silver to become steel,
I wish the colors of memories could make the wrongs of one be defined.

I only hope that the glass heart that has been broken
Could be glued back together with tacky glue.
Sure, it’s tacky, but it is together, right?
We could look back at the glass heart and think,

If I had silver wings to fly, would I have reached the moon?

 

Music

Somewhere

By Kayleigh Bushweller 

Grade 5, Williston Central School 

Inspired by Israel”IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow” 

 

“somewhere over the rainbow”

the dreams that are there

you can still have them if you choose

way up high

are the dreams that no one has ever reached

but I can still reach them if I try

“the dreams that you dreamed once in a lullaby”

they still exist to you

you can reach them, if you try you can

somewhere over the rainbow

the dreams that are there

you can still have them if you choose

bluebirds fly in your dreams

if you let them they will guard you like an angel

the dreams that you dreamed really do come true

if you let them they will for you and me

some day I wished upon a star

and it really did come true

I wake up where the

“clouds are far behind me”

and all the worries that I had were gone

“trouble melts like lemon drops”

and there are no worries

“high above the chimney tops

that is where you will find me”

“somewhere over the rainbow”

the dreams that are there

“bluebirds fly”

in your dreams

if you let them they will guard you like an angel

“the dreams that you dare to dream”

they fall upon you

like the drops of water coming from an angel

oh, why can’t I dream the dreams

that are there

have them fall upon me

like drops from an angel

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