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 […]

An Exciting Time To Be A Teenager

By Izzy G., TIWP Student It hasn’t always been An Exciting Time To Be A Teenager. Middle school and high school are hells on earth. Adults see you coming and they turn the corner. Or they cover their ears before you’ve opened your mouth. As teens, we are blamed because we don’t know who we […]

Thoughts About Parkland

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student When my mom used to stress over my schoolwork or my life, I would brush it off and respond with “everything will be fine; it always works out in the end”— and an eye roll. She would stress even more and I would put off my schoolwork even more. But […]

School Shootings

By Elizabeth Odell, TIWP Student The alarm rings out over the loud speaker and we shuffle into our positions. The blinds are drawn and the door is locked. Kids crouch beneath desk and tables, eyes fixed on each other and the door and our teacher. And I wonder when this became so normal. I wonder […]

On Writing & Creativity

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Intern I don’t know what to write (ironic because what I want to write about is creativity). I just can’t think of anything. But I guess that’s the antithesis of creativity—forcing out inauthentic pieces just to have a piece at all. It’s when I stop thinking that my thoughts turn creative. […]