All posts by Cori O'Keefe

A Walk Through The Ocean by Aydan McGah

Ice cold water
splashes across
the ongoing ocean floor.

My bare feet push deeper
into the grainy sand
while I shut my eyes
and listen to the waves crash.

The bright sun, shines down
as the seagulls
glide in the air.

Calico crabs hide
under barnacle covered rocks
and between slippery seaweed.

I dance across the beach,
skipping rocks into the mysterious
dark water.

The cool Maine breeze
rushes across my face
as I relax and watch
streaks of orange and pink
disappear as the sun sets.

The Orange Triangle Chapter 1: The Darkness by Stephen Creavin

I see darkness.

Pitch black.

Emptiness.

No space or anything around me.

Just nothing.

Then I taste leather tied tightly around my mouth. Heat swarms around me and I feel if I’m burning. But still, I still see empty darkness, empty darkness with no life, nothing living.

I have a suddenly have a feeling that washes over my body, neither hot or cold or in between. It’s impossible to describe the feeling, it was sort of like, realisation but missing understanding. Like something that you didn’t know where it fit but you knew it was part of something. That’s how I realized I had my eyes closed. I tried to force my eyes open but they were like a powerful force fighting against me, pushing back at me. I suddenly felt very tired and darkness swirled around me, wrapping me in warmth. But I was not feeling warm, I was scared, of this darkness. Of this emptiness. As darkness swirled I seemed to drift farther and farther from understanding. Before understanding slipped from my hands I asked one question to no one in particular, the words “Where am I?”.

Manchester Breeze by Anna Walsh

I descend
knee deep
into chilly refreshing water.

Feet sink
into wet rocky sand.

Water splashes
droplets fall lightly on my face.

I walk deeper.
A tide so low
you could walk for miles still keeping your head above.

I wave my cousin on
urging her to descend deeper into the salty waters.
Water rises up my legs
reaching up
to touch my shorts.

Boats chug past.
The engines play a soft melody in my ear.
New adventures await
the content sailors.

Eyes stay focused ahead,
hands stay fastened to the wheel,
waiting for whatever the ocean brings.
Navigating the cold
wavy waters
breezy ocean winds.

I look back down
to water’s sandy surface,
to creatures below.

It’s not there.

I continue on until I see
small sand dollars.

My hand plunges into the crisp water.

Found one!

My sister and cousin come splashing over
to admire the small treasure
I have found.
They lightly hold the precious creature,
as if their lives depended on it.

I smile and hand them the sand dollar,
to add to the collection
and continue looking
in cool, salty water,
on this breezy day,
in Manchester.

The Call By: J. Anonymous

The phone rings.
It is 3 am.
“Hello?”
I can hear the dead silence;
the house is does not move.
It feels like years
before I hear my mom say
“What?”

The next morning there is luggage
at our front door.
The plane ride feels empty.

We are there
The white walls

surround us.
The rooms are filled with people.
A person in blue points us towards the room:
We see him,
his body limp, covered in scars,
he does not move,
in his white room
with a single light hanging over the bed
As I look, I wonder
what will happen next.

Top Ten Tropical Fruits By Jenna Brandaleone, Anna Walsh, and Jennie Rosen

For a little taste of warmer weather:

1. Dragon Fruit or otherwise known as pitaya is a fruit indigenous from the Americas tasting almost like a kiwi.

2. Coconuts are from the family of arecaceae! It is the only species of genus Cocos. Coconuts contain a very sweet interesting taste.

3. The Arkansas black apple was founded in the year 1870. The black apple is known for its juicy taste. It also grows very quickly and it is very tasty when you bake it in a pie.

4. Grapefruit is a tangy fruit with a hint of sweetness. The grapefruit is native to India, China, Thailand and Malaya. The grapefruit is also 90% water. It taste good and it refreshes you

5. Oranges are the fruit of the citrus species called the Rutaceae. One single bite of this tasty fruit sends a explosion of citrus on your taste buds.

6. Papaya is one of twenty-two in the species of genus Carica in the family Caricaceae. Papayas carry a sweet, melon like flavor. However the seeds are a bit more spicy.

7. Yellow passion fruit aka Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower that is native to southern Brazil through Paraguay to northern Argentina. Its common names include passion fruit or passion fruit (English), maracuya (Spanish), grenadille (French), maracujá (Portuguese) and lilikoʻi (Hawaiian). Yellow passion fruits have a tart, fruity taste.

8. Mango is one of the most popular fruits in the world. Mango’s were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago. Mangos are very sweet . Just like mangoes are sweet they are also considered as a gesture of friendship.

9. Purple Mangosteen – The purple mangosteen, otherwise known as simply as the mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It’s a sweet, nutritious, purple and white, odd looking fruit.

10. Black sapote is a fruit with many names. Such as, chocolate pudding fruit for its similar taste to the chocolate dessert we all love. chocolate. It is native to eastern Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and into Colombia.

Bibliography:
Wikipedia

In The Dot by Daniejah Franklyn

The windows are down
and the wind breezes by my face.
The street is crowded by houses
that lie on top of one another.

I see rippling lights,
flickering to a rhythm
that is not heard.
The sky is pitch black
with small sparkles hardly seen.

I walk on the lumpy sidewalks
with gum stains chalk stains,
and my brain replays
scraped knees and our old swing set,
as I open the door to my childhood.

Memories are triggered by the smell of home
and they flourish in my mind.

Comfort waves over me
and I sigh a refreshing breath.
at home in the Dot.

Top Ten Facts about Groundhogs! by Jenna Brandaleone and Anna Walsh

1.. Did you know that groundhogs are rodents? I didn’t! Groundhogs are rodents because of their continually growing teeth. Thats right! Groundhogs have buckteeth!

2..Groundhogs=Woodchucks! Did you know that!? Many people have this misconception that groundhogs and woodchucks are two different animals entirely!

3. Groundhogs have a special diet! Groundhogs gorge themselves with food all summer to build up plentiful reserves of fat! Sound fun!

4.Are your flowers being eaten? Well, there’s a good chance that a groundhog is actually eating them! Groundhogs eat generally flowers, dandelions, garden vegetables, bark, clover, carrot tops, beans and peas, and apples!

5. Many groundhog babies! Groundhogs welcome a litter of about a half a dozen newborns in the spring every year! Thats a lot of Kids… and a lot of work.

6. Cousin Squirrel! Groundhogs when visiting their family actually visit squirrels! Why? Well because groundhogs are the largest species of the squirrel family.

7. Chirp, Chirp, Whistle! Nope, i’m not talking about a bird! Groundhogs make their own special chirping and whistling noises to communicate!

8. Bathroom best. Did you know that every groundhog burrow has it’s own bathroom chamber!

9. February 2, 2017! Be sure to celebrate groundhog day this year!

10. Groundhogs are not social! Can you believe it! Groundhogs are pretty quiet and only go out to find a mate! Groundhogs live near each other to protect each other, but they like their alone time a lot!

Bibliographies:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/groundhog/
http://www.havahart.com/groundhog-facts#facts
animals.nationalgeographic.com/annimals/mammals/groundhog/

The Gem by Madeline Maurer

This is so cool! I thought. I examined it like a doctor does an x-ray. Michael is so lucky he found this. My then five-year-old brother had found a rhinestone on the floor of the dusty garage, right near the parked mini-van. It was shiny like a real diamond, and there it was in my hands. All mine. Well, at least mine until my older brother would have reclaimed his property. Let’s just say that my logic was impaired, so naturally, I marched my three year old self over to Michael and started to have my fun. “Does it go in here?” I asked, shoving the gem near my nose and giggling.

“No,” he told me. “Don’t do that!”

“Does it go here?” I said, putting the gem near my ear.

And that’s when it all went horribly wrong.

As I flung my tiny hand up to my ear, I let go of the rhinestone. I felt the small object land in my right ear before it disappeared into the void. (The void being my ear.)

At first, I was too shocked to cry. I mean, something was in my ear and I didn’t know how to get it out, and that something was incredibly precious. Thankfully, I was able to piece together an explanation for my dad, who promptly sat me down on his lap as he began to prod at my ear. Then, the panic (at the disco! I’m sorry, I had to.) set in. What if he couldn’t get it out? What if I have a gem in my ear forever? I thought as I began to sob, tears rolling down my cheeks. I stared at an ant crawling up the wall as tears filled my eyes.

“We have to go to the doctor,” said my dad.

Uh oh.

Fast forward to the doctor’s office, and I’ve been placed on crinkly examination paper to have doctors poke at my ear some more. I was being prodded with tweezers. These people meant business. This part’s kinda dull, so long story short, they couldn’t get it out either. It was worse than I could have imagined.

I HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL.

My dad took me into the car and we drove quietly to the children’s hospital. The stoplights looked like smudged paint from my tears blurring my vision. Why did I have to put the gem in my ear? Why?

We arrived at the hospital, and a bunch of kids around my age were watching Dora the Explorer on the TV mounted on the wall. At least I could watch my favorite show now. I sat with them while my dad talked to the people at the desk. Soon enough, I was dragged away from the TV and brought into one of the hospital’s rooms.

The room was small and had pastel pink walls. They must have intended to make this a calm experience, but it felt like doomsday to me. I lied down on the examination table, disrupted ear to the ceiling. The nurse wet a cotton swab. Thankfully, there was a TV and VCR system in this room, too. “What do you want to watch?” asked my dad.
Of course, I responded with “Dora!”

Unfortunately, my dad denied me the opportunity to watch the show of my choice. “No, you’ve been watching a lot of Dora, let’s watch Blue’s Clues.”

UGH.

The nurse stuck the cotton swab in my ear. Here come the waterworks. Now, I don’t remember it hurting, just feeling a bit weird. But, as you can tell from the story so far, I was an incredibly dramatic toddler. Plus, my dad made me watch Blue’s Clues instead of Dora the Explorer. I was having a rough day.

The nurse was able to remove the gem with ease. The whole ordeal probably took about two minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I rolled off of my side and stood up onto weak, shaky legs. My dad and the nurse walked me out of the examination room. The nurse proceeded to ask me what is surprisingly not the strangest question I have heard in my life:

She held up the rhinestone and asked me, “Can I keep this? We like to keep things we pull out of ears and noses.”

And guess what I said…

“Yeah!”

Hey, I was three!

Top 20 facts About Abraham Lincoln by Jennie Rosen and Jenna Brandaleone

1. Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States
2. Abraham Lincoln had a son named Robert
3. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865
4. Mary Todd Lincoln married Abraham Lincoln
5. Lincoln was a lawyer
6. Abe Lincoln was a licensed bartender
7. Lincoln’s assassin was a famous actor
8. Abraham Lincoln was the first leader that thought women should be allowed to vote.
9. The brother of Lincoln’s assassin saved his son, Robert, from a train accident
10. Abe Lincoln is in the wrestling hall of fame
11. Fido, Lincoln’s dog was assassinated
12. Abraham Lincoln did not have a college degree
13. Lincoln dreamed of his own assassination before the actual event occurred
14. A girl convinced Abe Lincoln to grow his beard
15. Lincoln was a part of the republican party
16. Abe Lincoln’s mother died when he was nine
17. Lincoln is one of the most regarded presidents in the U.S
18. Important documents of Lincoln’s could Be found inside of his hat
19. Abraham Lincoln went into office on March 4, 1865
20. Abe Lincoln lost two campaigns
Bibliographies:
http://www.factslides.com/s-Lincoln
losseshttp://us-presidents.insidegov.com/stories/11648/25-facts-abraham-lincoln#Intro
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln