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Teen Artwork: “Drawing”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:35

“Drawing”

By Cat Ehmer, Staff Artist

Sometimes the World Has to End

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:28

By Dahlia, Staff Writer

 

When the world ended, it wasn’t glitter and gold. In fact, it was more dark than anything. I was the only one destined to bear witness, though none of my theories were correct. I had formulated for many millennia yet it seemed history had not taught me anything. Through the three world wars, the two drafts, and the one nuclear bombing, you’d think I would have figured how it all ends. But alas, it was simpler than I had originally hoped.

Have you ever wished something was more… eventful? More fighting, more crying, more death? Not that everyone still alive dying isn’t enough for me, but I guess I was looking for something more climactic. An explosion? A meteor? Something to create a good story. Instead, one second the universe was there and the next it was gone. I might not have noticed if I hadn’t happened to be in a bar in what used to be Florida at the time. I had been ordering my usual when suddenly my drink was no longer in my hand and the bartender was no longer disgustingly flirting with me. I might have thanked the lord, but again – I was the only one to watch this happen.

So I was suspended in the nothingness for a moment, letting the lack of air fill my lungs. I couldn’t “survive” for much longer in my human form. Although, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. (I had created 119 different universes.) Perhaps it was my time to retire and let the blank space thrive on its own.

I waited another moment before morphing into my first form. Once more, one more time and maybe this time I’d be able to find a place to go. Maybe in this new world, they wouldn’t try to kill me for existing.

Once, it was the Salem witch trials, another when World War II happened- both in the twenty-seventh universe- it was all because of me, people underestimated my power and because I was “different”, so I seemingly couldn’t exist without question. 

I stared at the black space around me, letting the pressure crush me for only a split second, wondering just what the world would thrust upon me this time. Though none had ever succeeded in killing me in any of the universes, I almost looked forward to the day it occurred. But this time, society will accept me – I’ll make them. 

I’ll craft a society with “monsters” and create creatures who resemble me so I won’t be alone- they’ll accept me as their leader and bow down to me. I’ll rule over them and be a benevolent ruler until the time it all goes away. One more time, just one more where I don’t have to hide.

When I Was Little – And Now

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:15

By JJP, Staff Writer

 

When I was little, just over seven people and other kids would ask me what princess I wanted to be.  I would say, “The one with the frog.”

But now I am older and I have lived a little, and I know that these endings aren’t real.  I might not get a happy ending.  And that’s okay, because I don’t want to feel helpless, or that I need a guy to come and save me or to be happy.  I mean, whatever happened to saving ourselves? 

If you ask me, the girls they show on Disney movies aren’t good role models.  (NOT SAYING I AM!) but, I mean, if you think about it, the girls only get stuff done when the guy is around, not by themselves. 

I hope this made you think a little about what Disney is putting out for little girls and boys.

A final thought: get a book and read it with a fluffy friend – because I will, and if you don’t have a fluffy friend, your friend might not miss theirs too much.

 

Teen Artwork: “Sable from Animal Crossing”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:04

“Sable from Animal Crossing”

Follow the artist on Instagram @erosumski_

Valkyrie

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 08:57

“Valkyrie”

by The Delirious Sapphic, Staff Artist

Weighed Down

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 08:49

By Lizzie Messer, Staff Writer

 

If I had a bottle

I’d seal away all my fears and insecurities.

I would tell myself that I’m not what you made me out to be.  If I had a bottle,

I would write and seal away every bad thing that’s happened to me.

I would throw away the bottle and forget.

But for me forgetting is as hopeless as trying to touch the Stars.

The bottle I have now is full of my fears and insecurities.

It’s not something I can forget.

I carry that bottle with me everywhere.

It’s like a tattoo I can’t get rid of.

But only the bottle isn’t sealed.

It’s a part of my mind,

That opens up every time I feel feelings I never knew.

This bottle is supposed to help me forget,

But it has become a heavy burden.

Notebook

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 08:25

By Sophie Lucas, Staff Writer

 

The cover is coated with dust 

The engraving worn away by all those who have used it

Each page has turned tan 

Crinkling every time it is turned

Words written down passed from

Generations

To

Generations

To

Generations

Flour stains the pages

And

The fragrance of  vanilla wafting forward with every page 

Words explaining how to create sweetness and warmth

 

Now it sits alone in the attic

Gathering the dust of times past

People have forgotten the joy it makes

For the people who write in it and for the gifts it was given to

The sun has tanned the leather of the book making it dry

And 

C

R

A

C

K

E

D

 

The book may never see the warmth of the kitchen again

Seeing the families work together to make the food

It misses those days

But is still happy for the joy 

It

Gave

Others

Teen Photography: “The Beauty of Hagerstown”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 08:22

“The Beauty of Hagerstown”

Follow the photographer on Instagram @joffoes_photography

You Can’t Tell

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/23/2020 - 08:16

By Dahlia, Staff Writer

 

You are confused when I can’t say no

Yet can’t remember how you got upset just a couple minutes ago

When you guilt tripped me when I said ‘maybe’ 

And you drive me crazy

With your lies, with your words that you don’t actually mean

And your misplaced memories that have fallen between

My dreams and my reality

 

You don’t know why I always apologize

As if you can’t remember from just last sunrise

When you hurt me, when you made me feel pain

Then you blamed me for everything but the rain

And you drive me crazy

With your supposed heartfelt words that seem rehearsed

And your flowers and truth that seem coerced 

From that angel on your shoulder telling you “you’re not to blame”

 

You don’t know why I cry if you raise your voice

As if you can’t remember your last rejoice

When you laughed as I cried, when you yelled down at me

Then you called me weak as if you’re the queen bee

And you drive me crazy

With your lack of tears that only seem to show in public at a funeral

And your only emotion is the usual

Anger and betrayal and something I didn’t do

Teen Artwork: “Untitled”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/23/2020 - 08:11

“Untitled”

Follow the artist on Instagram @quoy_fish_arts

Where I Come From

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:45

By MJ Maheu, Staff Writer

 

I come from an old brick house that’s from the 1800s

The place is old but it is my safe place, my humble abode

I come from a place where faith is strong, with God as my Shepherd I can’t go wrong

Love shows me how my parents love me and my brother but especially each other

I come from a place where music runs free, it runs through my mind

Never leaving me, its sound echoing

Teen Artwork: “Done at Exactly 3:46 in the Morning”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:39

“Done at Exactly 3:46 in the Morning”

Follow the artist on Instagram @loser_lux

That Isn’t Me

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/09/2020 - 08:53

By Lizzie Messer, Staff Writer

 

Behind my smiles a hurting heart.

Behind my laugh I’m falling apart.

Look closely at me and you will see

The girl I am…

Isn’t Me…

Teen Artwork: “Flowers in Shade”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/09/2020 - 08:49

“Flowers in Shade”

By MJ Maheu, Staff Artist

Teen Artwork: “Untitled”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:42

“Untitled”

By Cat Ehmer, Staff Artist

A Striving for Acceptance

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:38

by The Delirious Sapphic, Staff Writer

 

A glacial river of hurt,

Seeping into your heart,

Shrouding you in a blanket of suffering.

 

The feeling of your heart being crushed slowly,

When you realize your best friend is your worst enemy,

That you will never be accepted for who you are,

Because you are different.

 

Society expects too much of you,

You just want to be you.

Desperate to be accepted for who you are.

But humanity is cruel.

 

You cry for hours,

Wondering what’s wrong with you,

Finally realizing somewhere along the way,

That maybe something’s wrong with humanity itself.

6

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:54

By Sophie Lucas, Staff Writer

 

6 years I have liked you

5 letters in your name

4 years you liked me back

3 words I want to say

2 ways I could say it

1 time I know won’t work

 

I thought it was over

That my feelings were through

But no matter where I was I kept thinking of you

My stomach did flips

While my heart burst

Even though I knew you liked someone else

 

No matter what you are still my friend

We have known each other for too long

Plus you mean to much me

As a friend

And no matter how hard I try to forget

You matter to me as something more

 

It’s how you are such a dork

You care, but show it in weird ways

You get overly excited over what you love

How you can act tough, but you’re terrified of horror movies

How even if I haven’t seen you in forever you act like we talk every day

I don’t think you ever noticed, I make fun of the people I like to hide how much I care

 

I won’t say the L word

Because if I say it

It will be true

I will have fallen for you

There  would be no cure

I will have passed 6

 

Teen artwork – “Untitled”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:18

“Untitled”

By Alexandra Chichester, Staff Artist

Teen Artwork: “Static Dreamland”

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:45

“Static Dreamland”

Follow the artist on Instagram @ghostietrickster

you?

WCFL Teens Blog - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:00

By apollosbones, Staff Writer

 

I hear your call,

I hear my name being

questioned above my head,

I hear the music blasting.

I hear my uneven breath.

 

Yet here I sit; still.

Still on the tile floor,

back pressed against the door,

shaky hands tangled in the bath mat .

 

The party isn’t over,

I remind myself that

I’m wanted in a place

I don’t want to be.

 

Baby, you should know

that you are the one

who doesn’t want yourself.

Why don’t you want you?

 

You don’t want you

to be happy, honey

it’s you that doesn’t want

you to thrive.

 

Take a dive

off the deep end,

love, you’re going

to be alright.

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