Dragon Tales

Two October Haikus

By: Janell Oliver
 
All have been waiting
New weather, Halloween, Fall
October is here
 
Such a great season
Not too hot and not too cold
Nature is changing

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Orange Season

By Janell Oliver
 
A season of change
Hot fades to warm, warm turns to cool
Green goes to yellows, oranges, browns
Our world is in a perpetual state of change
No stability, only conversions to an end
The season itself doesn’t even have one certain name
Some jump in the joy of Fall
Others dance decidedly in Autumn
She’s

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To The Ones Who Have to Say Farewell

By Joshua Buchi
 
To the ones who always stay until the end of the party
To the ones who leave meals last
To the ones who come back to empty tables
To the ones who hope to never miss a word
 
To the ones who won’t let you go interrupted
To the ones who wait when

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Pretentious Coffee Shops

By Savannah Campbell
There’s just something about coffee shops-
The semi-pretentious aura
Of people with real work to be done
Mixed with the carefree vibes
Of people just getting another cup.
There’s just something about coffee shops-
Never giving a real reason
For why we are drawn to them,
But giving an atmosphere of importance
To escape from being so

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The Great Mountain

By Joshua Buchi
 
The towering, daunting mount
Looms just ahead
And every fear, every fight
Culminates right here.
 
Finals week.
 
The final step approaches
The last bound to the grade
To make or break the letters we have
To save or to destroy.
 
It’s almost past.
 
So here’s to all our efforts
For victory or defeat
Regardless, life goes on
With new battles to

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Oh Senior Year

By Savannah Campbell
Oh Senior Year
How you have come and flown by.
Half way to the end,
But there’s still so many things yet to try.
There’s applications to finish
And AP tests to take.
There’s internships to complete
And deadlines to make.
Oh senior year,
How time keeps passing
But my senioritis will not
Keep my grades from dropping
Because I’m

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Keep Marching, Burdened Soldier

By Joshua Buchi
 
We’re back to fight again
Back from the turkey and family feuds
To a whole new set of struggles
This time, to survive until Christmas.
 
Grade postings rolled around again
You’re waiting for the call
From your parents about the C
You didn’t manage to bring up
 
Instead of test weeks, you get test days
And oceans

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Flood: Hell Weeks at ASMS

By Joshua Buchi
To the one suffocating under mountains of homework
To the ones still fighting to keep a 4.0.
To the one debating between finishing a paper or going to a class.
To the ones just trying to pass at this point.
To the one dreading Friday and beyond
To the ones just trying to

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Home

By: Savannah Campbell

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Hasta la Vista, GPA

By Joshua Buchi
English. Biology. Chemistry. Physics. Long ago, these four subjects were manageable. Then everything changed when junior year attacked. Only the lab proctors, masters of all four subjects, could save us – but when we needed them most, the test had already arrived. One month passed, and we hoped

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Ode to Lost Socks

By Sophie Sebastiani
10 September 2016
I remember you like my oldest friend
The way you clung to my feet
And created my sad tan lines
Little white mittens
You weren’t terribly important objects
But you were mine
Then you got dirty
And I put you in my hamper
To wash you
I carried you down the stairs
Huffing and puffing
(Because I

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Unknown

By X’Zandria Sellers
I was told to go out and play –
You know –
they tell you that so you can have fun,
but you were never my friend,
maybe because I was always at the end.
So many children used you
and laughed and smiled
 
You made a girl’s hair fly wild
I really wanted to try

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One Piece

By X’Zandria Sellers
Once I was uneducated about art
I was told you were a piece
No one understood
Your many lines
Made me wonder
Once I question myself about you
What is the meaning
What is the moral
What is the message
Pumping thought to
Try to understand
Try to comprehend the complexity
of

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The Secret Fury of Laundry

By Genevieve Tillman
There’s a reason why one cannot remember their time in the womb or their own birth. The recipe for the creation of life must be kept secret. Of course, there’s a scientific explanation for everything. 2 + 2 = 4; Sperm meets egg, and so life is created.

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Slimy

By Genevieve Tillman
Lana was feeling super fly. She knew that it was counterintuitive to be in such a fabulous mood, what with dying several hours ago, but she couldn’t help it. Maybe it was the invincibility or that she was headed into her final challenge, but the world was all

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The Light

By: Genevieve Tillman
They say that the ethereal light is supposed to be bright. Kids, priests, and all manner of criminals have gone up, come down, and told the world about the mysterious art of dying. The theme tends to revolve around some bright light, which, in theory, will whisk your

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Chamber of Wind

By: Genevieve Tillman
Lana was having an interesting day, to say the least. She was abducted by an odd squid-man named Allan. A rock goddess informed her that she was going to bear her dead ex-lover’s alien spawn. Wednesdays were not normally this action-packed. Honestly, she was expecting dragons more than

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Okay, She Lied

By: Random Unconvincing Pseudonym
“What’s wrong?” Stevie asked, pulling me from my thoughts. We were sitting on his bed watching “Parks & Rec” on my laptop. It was the episode where Leslie married the gay penguins. A minute ago Stevie was laughing his ass off.
“Huh? Why?” I said, probably too loudly.
“You

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The Crevice

By Genevieve Tillman
Who is this chick? Allan thought impatiently.
Clearly visible next to the crystal pool that he called home was a horrifically-dressed lady crying her eyes out, rocking back and forth like a child after a particularly nasty night terror. He wondered what was wrong with this crazy woman, disturbing his

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Trial by Earth

By Genevieve Tillman
Bob led her to the gaping mouth of a long, cavernous hallway. She could hear echoing moans of unadulterated grief and anguish issuing forth, intermingling with the jaunty tune the human fireball next to her was humming.
Lana looked up at his friendly, fiery face and in a drained, weary

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Trial by Fire

By Genevieve Tillman
Sammie was leading Lana through an increasingly intricate series of tunnels. After all of the I’s had been dotted and the T’s had been crossed, she demanded that the trials begin.
“Why are you in such a rush?” Sammie asked, chomping on a pickle. “You’re probably going to die

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Nothing

By Genevieve Tillman
Snuggled inside a library, deep in the hills of Timbuktu, was a puzzle. And this puzzle was not simply a crossword or a particularly tricky game of Jenga. It was the master key to the universe; a series of hidden, dangerous challenges that only the most brave-hearted could

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Happy Day Massacre

By Genevieve Tillman
Here’s to the happiest day of your life.
Lana was skimming through about the hundredth card congratulating her and Flinn on their upcoming nuptials, when she stopped cold. The happiest day of my life, she thought to herself. The happiest day of my life. Well that’s a load of

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Transcript of Incident 455

By Genevieve Tillman
Beginning of Transmission
Hello, passengers. Today, I will be your tour guide into the human mind. And not just any mind, mind you: the mind of our esteemed leader, Mr. President! Please keep all hands, arms, legs, and other appendages inside of the vehicle and we’ll be ready to

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Justice, Women, and Uncontrollable Rage

By Genevieve Tillman
Police Chief Robert McCoy was having the worst week of his life.
It had all started with Melinda, his wife. A pleasant, kind, super lady with a gift for cooking, she normally made him feel like the luckiest guy around. But not today. After more than twenty years of

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The Urban Cowboy

By Genevieve Tillman

The thing Flinn McClintock loved most about this planet was its fields. They were beautiful and full, sometimes thick and green, sometimes tall, like wheat. Earth was a perfect place to ride an electronic horse.
 His planet used to look scenic like this too, before the bovine threat destroyed

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Glass Ceilings

By Genevieve Tillman
Lana Merriweather was beyond thrilled. Sitting in one of the uncomfortable press conference fold-out chairs, she spastically whacked her foot against the floor in excitement. Today, I’m going to witness history. This story will change everything!
Lana worked in human journalism, which was an impressive feat in and of

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The Magnetism of Cows

By Genevieve Tillman
“Can we go inside? Please?”
Martha McGuire gave a tight smile to her brother, shifting her weight. She could already tell that various insects had made a meal of her legs.
“Just a sec,” her brother, Rusty replied, completely oblivious to his sister’s discomfort. “I ogotta show you the cows.”
Inwardly,

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