Student Poetry Featured in BFA Literary Art Contest

Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Steps – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
Robert Frost

BFA students in Emily Wills 7th Grade Language Arts class submitted the following works for their bi-annual class writing contest which is featured in Genesis.

Sydney Rooney Pic

Sydney Rooney

“Standing On The Sky”
By Sydney Rooney

I felt like I was standing on the sky
The clouds were as white as snow
The sky was pitch and pure as water
I had nothing on my mind
That could bring me back down to the earth
I was free now
Nothing to worry about
Nothing to fear
Finally I am free
I never want to leave
But now I have to go.

Meghan Hakey Pic

Meghan Hakey

“She Was As Pale As Winter”
By Meghan Hakey

She was as pale as winter
With eyes as blue as the sea
Dark hair framed her face
As she tried to hide the pain
She darted through the lengthy forest
Never stopping, never halting
She needed to get far away
And never come back
Legs sprinting
Eyes blinking
How much longer
How much farther
One more step
One more breath
Until the end

Ben Bruso

Ben Bruso

“Eagle”
Ben Bruso

Living high and free
With not a care in the world
I fly with much pride in me
I’m standing on the sky
About to hurl down, down, down
To the earth below

Curtis Shepard Pic

Curtis Shepard

“Standing on the Sky”
Curtis Shepard

Walking on a cloud
Every step I take is thunder
Even though I’m proud
I remember the earth is under.
Then I think how did this happen?
But then and there it doesn’t matter
But then and there it doesn’t matter
Because I am on top of the world.

Eve Goldman Pic

Eve Goldman

“Standing on the Sky”
Eve Goldman

Standing on the sky,
It’s as easy as pie!
Unless you’re a bad cook.

Look up at the sky,
You’ll see me there,
Looking as heavy as a bear.

That beautiful book,
You know, the one you’re holding?
What’s it about?
Oh.  That’s cool.
But not as cool as standing on the sky.

If only you looked up,
And said, “S’up?”
I would say back, “Me!”

Then I would fly,
With my wings.
It’s so high!
I forgot,
I’m afraid of heights.
I’m stuck.
Eve Goldman

Standing on the sky,
It’s as easy as pie!
Unless you’re a bad cook.

Look up at the sky,
You’ll see me there,
Looking as heavy as a bear.

That beautiful book,
You know, the one you’re holding?
What’s it about?
Oh.  That’s cool.
But not as cool as standing on the sky.

If only you looked up,
And said, “S’up?”
I would say back, “Me!”

Then I would fly,
With my wings.
It’s so high!
I forgot,
I’m afraid of heights.
I’m stuck.

Genesis is a literary magazine produced by the Poetry and Short Story class, taught by Fred Griffin. This 11th-12th Grade English class is built around the study of short fiction and poetry, with a heavy emphasis on expository and expressive writing.  Each semester, Poetry and Short Story hosts a K-12 literary arts contest. This semester the contest received over 300 submissions for the Winter 2013 edition!

The magazine highlights amazing examples of student writing and artwork. It is one of many great educational traditions at BFA. “I am so proud of the work showcased each year,” stated Principal Mike Clark.  After reading their writings, one can easily see why.

Hard copies are currently on display in the Fairfax Community Library, Foothills Bakery, and the Main Office at BFA or by contacting Fred Griffin. We hope to have an online version available as well in the next two weeks.

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. 
Carl Sandburg

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