Awkward

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student I’m probably the most socially awkward person you’ll ever meet. And not like the cute socially awkward where your voice goes a little high-pitched and childish, and your smile’s all demure, and it doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable. No, my awkwardness is professional. My voice goes into a monotone, I […]

Anger

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP Student Anger. Where does anger come from? It never starts off as anger. It comes from somewhere. It comes from something or someone that makes you upset or annoyed. It might be a mask to cover up sadness. It could be a reflex to protect yourself from being hurt because you […]

Love Yourself

By Amy, Age 14, TIWP Student Look at her. Her hair, her nails, her skin, her style – everything about her is flawless. She could pull off any look. You could never be like her. You try, but you try too hard, it backfires, and then you care too little. While she’s still there, perfect […]

The Fridge

By Bella Temkin, TIWP Student “Your innocent understanding of the world moves toward something messier and more complicated, and once it does, you can never go back…” — Khaled Hosseini When I was young, my eyes were strangers compared to the ones I cradle now. They saw things with more hope. I believe that’s the […]

Focus

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student Crazy you might say When you see me The way I react when the water drips Or when you talk to your friends over the teacher Only you will understand when your ears buzz everyday When your head hurts from all the noises When you tap your fingers seven times […]

I Will Not

By Izzy G., TIWP Student I will not hold on to what doesn’t serve me. I will not give up what I know for sure. I will not whisper my secret into the microphone. I will not stop my clock for your race. I will not pretend to feel insecure. I will not put on […]

Empowerment

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student It is okay to let go. It is okay to forget. It is okay to move on—because the warm hues of true happiness can only seep through the souls of the free. I was once trapped, held captive by the longing for a rewind button. But I wanted to be […]

Mary’s Question

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” —Mary Oliver Not a single person has asked me that question before… which is why it has left me so stumped and confused and lost. All my life, I’ve been told how to act, […]

The Lost Boy

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student “You have something to say. Your soul has a story to tell.” —Melodie Ramone You want to apologize. You want to bring back those seventeen lives. You want a chance to explain. But you don’t get to. No one will listen. No one would care. No one will ever see […]

I Wish People Knew

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student I wish people knew that there have been over ten shootings in schools this year—and it is only February. I wish people knew that even though it was not their sister or cousin or friends, it was someone else’s. I wish people knew that even though it happened across the […]