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Poetry Slam Winners
"Anti-Superficial"
by Avery Galiano
Why do we love the ones on the team who almost seem to gleam
with a shower of popularity?
Why do we hate the ones who wear black and sit in back,
and never want to chat?
Can't we be how we're called to be, loving all and hating no one?
It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.
Just because that girl wears pink doesn't mean
she isn't on the brink of suicide.
That football boy doesn't have the perfect life; 
his dad's second wife was killed by a knife.
The boy with the smile, his mom is on trial for selling a vial
of an illegal drug.
It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.
The boy in the back doesn't want you to know that he lives in a shack
and can only afford clothes off the clearance rack.
The girl who's super-shy won't try to talk for fear that she'll cry
if someone found out that her baby just died.
It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.
Nobody's perfect, but we all deserve respect, 
and maybe eventuallywe can accept 
that it's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.
"My Friend the Zorse"
by Alexis Valentine
I met a really cool zorse.
Did you know he was half of a horse?
He has zebra stripes as black as the night.
Brown fur that wasn't a blur.
He drooled on my shoe.
I stepped in his pooh.
I wish you could meet my friend the zorse!

Poetry Slam Winners

 

"Anti-Superficial"

by Avery Galiano

 

Why do we love the ones on the team who almost seem to gleam

with a shower of popularity?

Why do we hate the ones who wear black and sit in back,

and never want to chat?

Can't we be how we're called to be, loving all and hating no one?

It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.

 

Just because that girl wears pink doesn't mean

she isn't on the brink of suicide.

That football boy doesn't have the perfect life; 

his dad's second wife was killed by a knife.

The boy with the smile, his mom is on trial for selling a vial

of an illegal drug.

It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.

 

The boy in the back doesn't want you to know that he lives in a shack

and can only afford clothes off the clearance rack.

The girl who's super-shy won't try to talk for fear that she'll cry

if someone found out that her baby just died.

It's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.

 

Nobody's perfect, but we all deserve respect, 

and maybe eventuallywe can accept 

that it's not in our nature, but we need to be anti-superficial.

 

 

"My Friend the Zorse"

by Alexis Valentine

 

I met a really cool zorse.

Did you know he was half of a horse?

He has zebra stripes as black as the night.

Brown fur that wasn't a blur.

He drooled on my shoe.

I stepped in his pooh.

I wish you could meet my friend the zorse!

 

 

 



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