Volume 1 June 2010
s s f e l r e p s x r E ou Y
A literary magazine
Young Scholars Charter School
by students from Young Scholars Charter School
A literary magazine by students from Young Scholars Charter School
Ajah Khadijah Kia Kiana Krishawn Latanya Shahad
Produced in cooperation with Workshop Leader—Christina Rose Dubb Workshop Assistant—Donna Coo Special thanks to Emily Eakland
by Lucy I’m from being called a country bumpkin Cause I was born in Tennessee But moved up to Philadelphia (North but now south) I’m from living in Bum Bum’s house in north Smelling that fried chicken on the stove To being yelled at because I didn’t clean my room. I’m from cookouts every summer To not having anything to do. I’m from being called ghetto To suburbs Because all the houses look the same and my block always being clean. I’m the sayings “Bye haters” to “Bye boy go ride a bike.” I’m from almost suicide and heartbreak To my teacher saying he cares about all of us students and saying I’m different (but in a good way) I’m from arguing with 6th graders who I don’t really care about To arguing with 8th and 7th graders because they hurt my feelings. I’m from mommy saying “Come here snoochie give mommy a kiss” To my brother saying “Don’t kiss me leave me alone.” I’m from a family that cares To friends say they don’t. I’m from being hurt To always being restored. This is where I’m from this is always and will be me. 3
by rinh I can’t ever shut my mouth That’s just how it is What I think, it all falls out And I can’t help it I might leave a mess around You know that’s how it is And there’s been times I let you down But you’re all I got and you’re all I want And you know that I’m not gonna fake it Hey, suck it up, this is me No I just can’t pretend, who I am anyway Baby what you see is what you get with a girl like me Don’t wanna live my life Talking back and telling lies I’m never gonna do All the things when we first met Yeah I was sort of perfect then It’s funny how quickly we forget But you’re all I want and you all I got And you know I’m not gonna fake it Come on now Don’t fight it you know how I get when you’re like this Let’s make it right Tick tock time is precious Your love is so nutritious
My Best Friend
by Kiana My best friend, she's one of a kind Them other girls I pay no mind, And them little boys ain't worth our time. That's why you should have a friend like mine. My friend is lovable My friend is sweet And her number, I would never delete Because she's a friend I intend to keep. We knew each other since we were six Right now, I don't think it could get any better than this. I call her my best friend, But she's more like my sis. We'll still be riding when we 96. We go together like mac&cheese Chopsticks and Chinese Pinecones on trees Honey and bees Icees and brain freeze. I like her for her. And she likes me for me. My best friend is the one person I trust, I guarantee you'll never find another like us. When I'm doing something fun my best friend's a must Try to find another who can really top us. I can always depend on my bestie to stand by my side If I'm ever in trouble I know that she'll ride, And you won't find anyone like her worldwide. Our friendship is something you can never divide. Find us in North Philly that's where we reside. 5
The Things You Do!!!
by Lucy You make me smile every time I see you You don’t make me sad The things you do Make me so happy that I can’t help but to hug you You make my day when I’m mad Nobody can replace you You’ll always be in my life Even though you’re leaving You say will still talk on the phone and meet up at a place to hang out Now that really makes me smile The things you do are the things I love. Thank you for always being there for me Just having you around makes me happy The things you do is always on my mind J You may think I’m going to go and find a new best friend but I won’t You’ll always be my bestest guy friend ever!!! J All I can say now is Thank you for being you and doing the things you do.
by anonymous The fact is you don’t know me when I say hi you say yo the thing is i like u it’s from the heart smooth as chocolate sweet as candy paul boy u drive me nutz that’s why i like you
by Lucy Ya name I don’t want to say or write I want to keep you private Nobody needs to know about us at all . . . And they don’t When we talk on the phone I feel real Nothing can change us at all Ya name everybody wants to know But I say you’re unknown You’re in my imagination that’s what they say But I don’t care what they say, you’re real (I just don’t want them to know) You give me good advice When I’m mad you make me happy Nobody can replace you at all Ya name I don’t want to say or write When you see me in the hallway you just look at me And I do the same I laugh at you because I think you’re stupid (but in a good way) When I say you’re stupid you smile and laugh but then you give me a hug I’m shorter than you, but you don’t mind You just bend down until you’re my height and hug me Ya name I don’t want to say or write You’re my little secret and I’m yours.
Farewell My Love
by rinh My cheeks burn like vinegar on wounds But it’s just the tears you’ve caused I tried so hard to correct my flaws Never again will I feel the bliss Of breaths soft, sweet beckoning kiss But even through dusk’s open doors I can hear your calls Your golden light basking me with warmth It’s all my choice The doors are starting to close I can’t move forward So I run back, back to my forest of pain The pain waking me up Falling tears from golden skies You pull me closer Never wanting to let go My love can only grow Fingers twining themselves into my own A shock passes between us A fire souring into the sky A garden will never die My forest of pain leading us To all the loving roses You place me soft and silk Pulling me closer then even before Making me want you even more 9
The time is up And all I can feel is your love I’m such a stupid person For letting you go And it takes a fool to learn That love don’t love nobody It takes a fool That love don’t love no one Forever live our love…
by D.o.u.b.l.e b.e.a.t L.O.V.E L.O.V.E L.O.V.E look what you have done to me you cause me excruciating pain on my heart, and look what you did to Tinker bell and card ace you destroyed there but they’re still strong trying to fight you back, but L.O.V.E L.O.V.E L.O.V.E you may try your best to hurt me but I’m still strong without you L.O.V.E.
The Loch Ness Monster
by Shahaad One day there were 4 shipmen and they went on a journey to go look for the Loch Ness Monster. They’ve been searching for this monster for years and this is the last time they want to search because they’ve already lost 2 shipmen from their last travel from pneumonia. The leader of this journey that made all the rules and made the decisions was Jacob Johnson. He was the bravest as them all and he never hesitated on throwing a ship member off deck. The next shipman’s name was Dopey. He was the dumbest of them all but he was the strongest, so they needed him. The third shipman was Alexander Montez and he was the handsome of them all. He had white teeth, a shaved beard, and he just NEVER smelled bad like everyone else. The last shipman’s name was George Lesley and he was the smartest of them all. He looked like a short Dutchmen with a beard that felt like a green grass field. With shipmen with all these unique qualities they’ll never fail . . . at least that’s what they thought. Everyone packed supplies and food except Alexander because he didn’t “feel like it.” When they first aborted the ship George sensed some danger already. They rushed on and took off feeling confident that they can finale catch this monster. Jacob grabbed the helm (the steering wheel on a ship) and pulled as hard as he could. 12
Twenty minutes later Dopey spotted something and it tilted the ship. Somebody from the back of the ship yelled, “HELP” and everyone ran to the back and noticed George getting gobbled up by the Loch Ness Monster. They ran into the lower deck of the ship and got the gun and net. They ran to the deck and started to shoot and they missed. Then as they noticed it made the monster even madder and the monster rammed the ship again making Alexander fall out of the ship and he drowned like a cat in water. Then Dopey and Jacob thought that they had to do this all alone so they got a bigger gun and bigger net and waited until they heard a howl and they jumped up and Dopey having the gun shot the Monster and yelled. After that Jacob shot the monster and it went down. Dopey threw the net on the monster and they dragged it in the ship. When they arrived at the main dock in the morning everyone CHEERED . . . and the rest was HISTORY.
by rinh Please forgive me But I won’t be home again Maybe someday you’ll look up And barely conscious you’ll say to no one Isn’t something missing? You won’t cry for my absence, I know You’ve forgotten me long ago Am I that unimportant Am I so insignificant Isn’t something missing Isn’t someone missing me? Even though I’m the sacrifice You won’t try for me, not now Though I’d die to know you love me I’m all alone Isn’t something missing Please forgive me But I won’t be home again I know what you did to yourself I breathe deep and cry out Isn’t someone missing me And if I bleed I’ll bleed Knowing you don’t care And if I sleep just to dream of you I’ll wake without you there Isn’t something missing Isn’t someone missing me
by Lucy Someone check me out of here I feel so depressed You told me you loved me But that was a whole lie So much drama happened During our time together I’m in heartbreak hotel PLEASE someone check me out I’m always sitting here crying Just because you did this to me You check me into heartbreak hotel But you can’t check me out I feel so stupid Stupid for fallen in love wit you Stupid for letting you play me Just stupid, stupid. People say love is evil spelled backwards (I know you’re smart enough to figure it out on your own) That’s what you are to me You can’t check me out of heartbreak hotel You can only check me in. While I’m in this hotel I sing those love songs I say that’s how we are But . . . Now I’m in heartbreak hotel Because of you 15
We can never have a friendship My happiness can never come back Until someone checks me out Heartbreak hotel I’ll be here just waiting.
Jealousy, Hatefulness, and Betrayal
by Kiana I once knew a girl, She wasn't very sweet. She thought life was a game, And that we should compete. She took things as a joke Let the chips fall as they may And every time I saw her She had something smart to say. With her snide remarks And arrogant comments Headed nowhere with her life She was quite the little tyrant. And every time I did something right She thought she could top me But I wasn't for that mess I wouldn't let her try and stop me. The things she did, she thought they were cute But her actions instead were actually quite rude. Talking and running her mouth, hanging out with the wrong crowd. This girl was arrogant, disrespectful, and loud. She talked behind my back Didn't like me for no apparent reason The girl changed moods Just as quick as the seasons.
One day she'll like me And the next day she won't But I wouldn't tolerate that, Either you like me or you don't. I couldn't believe This girl was once my friend. Now I sit and wonder, What was I thinking back then? Sometimes it's hard to see Some people's true colors Their motive in life, And the effect on them from others. She thought she could use me And my friendship was up for sale, Her name was jealousy. Her sisters were hatefulness and betrayal.
by Anonymous IF YOU HATE ME IDC FORGET YOU MAN I DONT NEED YOU I GOT OTHER FRIENDS YOU’RE DUMB I AM NOT POPULAR SO WHAT, I WAS A GOOD PERSON
by Lucy E.V.I.L is love spelled backwards Just replace the “I” with an “O” and you’ll see what I mean. You’re dead to me Never in this lifetime will we ever talk again You’re just evil E.V.I.L that’s what you are to me You know that song by Paramore No I guess not Well it’s called “Ignorance.” In the chorus it says “Ignorance is your new best friend.” Yes it is your new best friend Because you not knowing made me so mad It hurt me and your ignorance made me so mad It hurt me and your ignorance makes no sense to me. You say you’re a man But you’re not If you was a man you would’ve manned up and told me the truth But you didn’t You played me, so this is why you’re E.V.I.L (To me) I should say you’re a wimp and that I hate you But . . . I won’t I’m not like you I’m only me I wasn’t what you wanted and what you deserved So you played your games. 20
CONGRATULATION!!!!! You’re E.V.I.L And you’re a little boy you’re not a man and you’ll never be one I hope the next girl you date is the one of your dreams Like you say a “hoskie” I hope you love her because you’re going to be the one played. Its karma dude I hope you love it too.
by rinh I have hurt many people in my lifetime But at what point was it that I started to care But hope, it’s strange, this feeling is new For some reason unknown to me I just don’t want to hurt you I tried to forget what it was I did But I feel something new that never existed And as I sit here it becomes very clear The one thing I dread, the only thing I fear Regret I regret ever breaking your heart I regret the day we grew apart I regret what I said to you I regret that you even knew I regret the tears in my eyes But mostly I regret ever saying goodbye
When We Are Wearing the Mask
by Kiana When we are hurt When we are sad We hide our feelings behind a mask. We hide our faces. To cover the lies To hide our tears, Or muffle our cries. When we wear the mask No one can see, Our true feelings That rise from the deep. We wear the mask To hide our pain We wear the mask when we are ashamed. We wear the mask When we act fake, When wearing the mask It's give and take. I'd be so happy When we could be real, Show some people How we truly feel. I think it's time to take off the mask, Show our true feelings And forget the past. We'd be better off without this mask. 23