Elementia resilience


Life Slow Mo

By Ada Heller

Wet hair clings to my cheeks salty from the rain Drops like tears slide down my nose as the gray of the sky peers down upon me Barefoot in the grass for a few moments I forget about the life I am crushing below With my eyes closed I block out the rushing of the highway in the distance and the sch

Shadows Need Light

By Hiba Faruqi

A ransacked village in India is where my lineage began Women. Women, I will And Can never, ever know. Tribulations my western brain Cannot comprehend. They made me. I have the blood of Hundreds Of Maharanis, princesses, and queens of India. The iron will of thousands of brave Pakistani women burn

Living Redwood

By Angela Clem

A Giant A Living Freak of Nature A Redwood. Tall, upstanding, huge, strong, ancient At least  2,400 years old People look at it in wonder. “Wow!

One Night in Kentucky

By Emma Malin

Outside there’s a blizzard. We’re on the highway but we’re not moving. There are cars all around us. Five hours, each churns by minute after minute. Nothing to do but stay in the car and watch the snow blow by and try to fall asleep.

What Do the Interrogators Expect

By Becky Peda

And how are we supposed to get out of this, after our hope has been washed out and dried, and the fevers stay burning our foreheads and skulls, not even cooled by the tears that we’ve cried.

Bitter is Perfect

By Brooke Shippee

Bitter is the sound of hearing rejection two weeks before the Prom, of hearing you’ll expire within months, of hearing the sickening squeal of tires beneath the floorboards in your car.

Still Stand–Stand Still

By Brittany Frazier

What happens when you’re at a stand still in life? high school seemed to go by fast – and now you’re left with memories. Whether you were the individualist, the beautiful person, the jock, the punk rocker, or the nerd, in the end you’re not concerned with what the next person said or heard. You’r


By Joe McGuffin

To you I’m broken To you I’m like a flavor that wouldn’t last You took one bite And spat me out real fast Now this mark remains and it will never ever go away To you I’m broken I stretched myself across the world Pushing my limits for your entertainment And you had the nerve To call out my weakne

Could It Be Better Tomorrow?

By Matt Logan

An act of courage is what I call,  In the eye of a parent a plummeting fall. An hour-long lecture will send him on his way.  It just seems like another reason to run away. These are words of wisdom you should borrow.  It will be better tomorrow.

What’s Inside of You?

By David Henderson

“To Strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” Thou shalt never give up, What is rightfully his, Never whimper away from fears, Never give away their tears, Fight for what is right, Inside the brightest of light, We shall all have, The strength to carry on forever

Crying for the Beauty

By Catherine Strayhall

With winter gone, she can THROW her window open wide With spring arriving, she can dance in bright SUNSHINE. This is what it is to LIVE without regret; To know she can NEVER FORGET, only move on. With BLUE above, so open, so clear and bright How wild and FREE she can be in no one’s sight. And as

The Endless Spirit

By Emily Hilderhof

A bright desire shines, wanting to be noticed. Throughout the day, she begins to lose hope, starting to diminish as if she were to disappear. Fading to nothing more than a shadow of what once was.

The Coffin

By Jack Kavanaugh

The coffin wood grabs at my clothes The wood chokes me The darkness attacks me The weariness crawls around me When it opens the sun grabs me I am back

This Man

By Enrique Gutierrez

This man is rueful, This man was done, This man let go, temptation had won. This man was punished, for things of great crime, This man left a sod to eat on a dime. This man, crushed and torn, This man was tired and worn. This man, turned to a book. This man found his place, This man, changed his

About My Life

By Brady Barnes

I messed up with my life Now I get held with a knife I am out here trying to survive I’m glad I’m still alive I sit in JDC Thinking how my life is going to be My dad told me I would be aborted To my mom I was important

In me, she believes. For her, I want to succeed.


By Joe Murray

I am an athlete, trying to train hard; to reach the top.

SMACK! I get knocked down, but then I get right back up.

To continue on. To be a champion. I am an athlete.

The Race

By Natalie Gartland

The start of the race isn’t always easy They say to just put one foot in front of the other Then repeat How can you repeat that when you’re racing to find yourself?

Out of This World

By Asher Abrahms

In my poem “Out of this World,” I explore the theme of oppression and the ways in which Leonard Peltier’s Prison Writings and Rachel Zucker’s “Paying Down the Debt: Happiness” evidence this central theme.

Roller Coaster

By Matthew Lippe

Life has been a roller coaster, it’s had missing tracks, and breakdowns, and plenty of bumps, but I don’t stop. I don’t stop in the middle of the ride, even though there might be a downfall. But I’m not saying there hasn’t been high places, but just be ready for a fall. For I can’t be at the top

Vacant Box

By Hannah Jenkins-McCann

The first box of society is the family, were born into, the box referred to as home, where we are made and broken. Willingly kept within four lines, that we’ve been conditioned of what boundaries, can and will not be crossed.

Hidden Strength

By Catherine Strayhall

I’m hanging from the edge. Nothing stands between me and falling but my own waning strength. What if I fall? What if I seriously hurt myself?

Crown of Daisies

By Lauren Hassan

I am but a girl with scars, Not those that are seen, The kind buried beneath it all, I am but a girl with a dream, Like any other you will see, I am unique, But still like any other, I’ve been thrown, And hit, And threatened, And smacked, So I have grieved, And cried myself to sleep, I am like a