Alone Under the Mistletoe

Another year comes around

I still faithfully wait

He’s coming soon I tell myself

He won’t leave me here

Joy buzzes around me

Couples laugh and enjoy their night

But here I stand

Waiting and waiting

Knowing, hoping, praying he will come

He wouldn’t leave me again

Not another year

And yet here I stand

Under the mistletoe

All alone

By: Jessica H.

(Read backwards)

A Better Place

The world would be a better place if people smiled more

Maybe just some kinds words being told a little more often

The world would be better if people acted kind to one another

If people acted like they knew right from wrong

The world would be a better place if more people cared

Just a little effort can change the world forever

The world would be a better place if we set our phones down

Any game controller, IPad, or anything we stare at for hours

The world would be a better place if we were grateful

A little thank you can lighten someone’s day

The world would be a better place if people tried to help

All it takes is to try to make a difference

The world would be a better place if bullying vanished

Everyone has been there, but no one tries to stop it

The world would be a better place if people read this poem

One person would be inspired to make a change




Powerful Poetry

Mia chows down and chats at lunch, fueling up for English.

Imagine, if you will, a world made for families, kinder, and more loving. This type of world is exactly what Mia, now a seventh grader, fantasized about and spun into golden words. Those golden threads of words were woven into an award-winning poem, “I Wonder”,  about the world –our world –and the way we’ve populated it with violence and hate.

When asked about how she feels about having won, she answered “I feel so awesome and grateful that I won, and it’s hard to believe that I did win.” This amazement is attributed to the fact that 7th and 8th graders were in the contest as well, and, as a 6th grader, she took the 1st place award. The San Antonio Poetry Fair, which took place late May at UTSA, was run by an intimidating  panel of judges, and they chose hers out of a large selection.

According to Mia, her inspiration was that she wants to change the world “and make it a better place” because she doesn’t like the way it’s heading, and she believes that it should be kinder, more loving, and a family place. She thinks that the judges chose her because the majority of us agree with her views, and everyone wants the world to be different, so it probably won for its powerful, influential values.

Ms. Muzny, her 6th grade English teacher, is extremely proud of Mia, and believes that she helped inspire Mia to want to try something that she’s not entirely comfortable with. This school year, Mia is in Mrs. Summey’s 7th grade English class, and hopefully she’ll create more wonderful masterpieces this year.

Written by Lauren Quinn