Friday, August 2, 2019

Final Blog Post - 2019

It's hard to believe, but Project Write 2019 has come to a close. Today we held our end of camp graduation ceremony, celebrating the words and voices of 18 writers who have worked and learned together these last two weeks. As we wrap up this wonderful experience, we're sharing the last of our final pantoum poems by way of a fond farewell to you, our faithful readers. Also, be sure to check out our Flickr account to see great pictures from our time together over the last two weeks. Enjoy!

Zuza's Pantoum

Somewhere back in the fogs of time
I was a child and she was a child
That flicker of long-forgotten memory
Eternally upon my heart

I was a child and she was a child
The more tender and endearing one
Eternally upon my heart
Pondered over the toils that were endured

The more tender and endearing one
Dug out in slow round of years
Pondered over the toils that were endured
In the drifting, swirling dust of ages

Dug out in the slow round of years
That flicker of long-forgotten memory
In the drifting, swirling dust of ages
Somewhere back in the fogs of time

Cora's Pantoum

We live in a world of light
Nothing was concealed or hidden from my view
The destruction was complete
At the thoughts of this my blood is cold

Nothing was concealed or hidden from my view
We sit and watch with idle eyes
At the thoughts of this my blood is cold
What would have happened, had we not met?

We sit and watch with idle eyes
I am not in favor of such a course
What would have happened, had we not met?
I do not think they would be benefitted by the change

I am not in favor of such a course
The destruction was complete
I do not think they would be benefitted by the change
We live in a world of light

Luke's Pantoum

I awoke from my sleep
"Didn't think it would be likely I see you here"
As to your extraordinary code of laws, I cannot but laugh
And now I was indeed wretched beyond the wretches of mere humanity

"Didn't think it would be likely I see you here"
The system here is rigid, strict, and hopeless
And now I was indeed wretched beyond the wretches of mere humanity
In a kingdom by the sea

The system here is rigid, strict, and hopeless
You must remember that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken
In a kingdom by the sea
"Get yourself a drink, lighten up"

You must remember that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken
As to your extraordinary code of laws, I cannot but laugh
"Get yourself a drink, lighten up"
I awoke from my sleep

Allen's Pantoum Poem

Remember those who died for us
That all men are created equal
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Our power to begin the world

All of these men are diesel
Honor those so brave
These men have hurled over these tough obstacles
Didn't die in vain

The freedom didn't pave
Self-sacrificing love of a brute
Didn't die in vain
Dreams of unutterable fear

They have been tortured by heavy boots
These are the bits and pieces of the journey
All these events happened like a sphere
Remember those who died for us

Emma's Pantoum Poem

A cloak to hide the heart of a viper
A heart carried by butterflies
I cannot but laugh
In a kingdom by the sea

A heart carried by butterflies
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
In a kingdom by the sea
The moon never beams without bringing me dreams

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
Tattered signs that hang from trees and hugged by ivy
The moon never beams without bringing me dreams
A feather on a wisp of wind

Tattered signs that hang from trees and hugged by ivy
I cannot but laugh
A feather on a wisp of wind
A cloak to hide the heart of a viper

Clair's Pantoum Poem

Walk down the corridor . . . feel the granite in the walls
Bright as the sun, psychedelic
You find yourself in a field of a million daisies
Hung it with tears streaming from my eyes

Bright as the sun, psychedelic
But we loved with a love that was more than love
Hung it with tears streaming from my eyes
Green with envy, verdant and lush

But we loved with a love that was more than love
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Green with envy, verdant and lush
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
You find yourself in a field of a million daisies
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Walk down the corridor . . . feel the granite in the walls

Ranger Larry's Pantoum Poem

When I am afraid to speak
He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise
What to the slave is the fourth of July?
My friends, this is a wholly unprepared speech, I did not expect to be called upon to say a word

He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise
In the sepulcher there by the sea
My friends, this is a wholly unprepared speech, I did not expect to be called upon to say a word
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

In the sepulcher there by the sea
On the night of the day on which this cruel deed was done, I was aroused from sleep by the cry of fire
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief

On the night of the day on which this cruel deed was done, I was aroused from sleep by the cry of fire
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief
When I am afraid to speak

Brielle's Blog Post

We have it in our power to begin the world anew
Until then you may rejoice and I must mourn
But I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
And our endangered lives will be in the past

Until then you may rejoice and I must mourn
Without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet
And our endangered lives will be in the past
May God shield and deliver me from the fangs

Without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet
Yet you have declared independency
May God shield and deliver me from the fangs
We will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice

Yet you have declared independency
But I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
We will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice
We have it in our power to begin the world anew


Carlyne's Blog Post

Painting 
By: Carlyne McGurk 

Clean blank slate. 
Start over, 
again,
again,
again. 
Colorful.
She’s still painting. 
With words, 
with feelings 
with memories 
& experiences. 
Forever adding, 
never finished. 
You watch her 
& soon you 
are painting too. 

Melanie's Blog Post

I cannot but laugh
Given the importance
Which stood about
I have a lot to say

Given the importance
I solemnly declare
I have a lot to say
But lay suffering this unknown punishment

I solemnly declare
Though my voice is not heard
But lay suffering this unknown punishment
I would unburden my soul

Though my voice is not heard
Which stood about
I would unburden my soul
I cannot but laugh

Jamie's Blog Post

It's been a long time
He was imprisoned for over 20 years
She thought that she saw his shadow
Talk to each other

He was imprisoned for over 20 years
It's not very clear
Talk to each other
Nowhere to be found

It's not very clear
She was alone
Nowhere to be found
"See you soon," she said

She was alone
She thought that she saw his shadow
"See you soon," she said
It's been a long time

Erin's Blog Post

Join or die
begin the world anew
all men and women are created equal
she lifted her up

begin the world anew
I have a dream today
she lifted her up
they say that

I have a dream today
I could lie and say that
they say that
I wasn't smiling

I could lie and say that
all men and women are created equal
I wasn't smiling
Join or die

Asiyah's Blog Post

Why do bad things happen to good people? It was the question that been wandering my mind. And to believe that only two weeks ago I was so happy. But now I'm just stuck in my bed wondering why. 

Two Week Ago…

“Yo that was crazy. I would’ve never expected that Adelaide was the real tethered the whole time!” Nova said the excitement clear in her voice. We had just finished watching Us and were now leaving the movie theater and walking back to the car. I place my hands in the pocket of my windbreaker jacket as I listen to Nova go on about the movie.

“It’s official Jordan Peele is a genius!” She said clasping her hand together with a big smile. I just stare at her like she was crazy. She turned to me and asked “What?” Her smiling face turned to a confused one. I just shook my head.

“Nothing you’re just a weirdo. It was a good movie and all, but why are you so passionate? Like sis you need to bring it down a couple of notches.” I said. We both just stared at each other before busting out laughing. 

“Ok, ok I will give you that. I was a little on the hyper side.” She said with a shrug of her shoulders. “A little! Girl you been talking my ear off since the movie shut off.” I said looking at her like she was crazy.  Nova just glared at me which cause me to laugh and she join in soon after.

That was our friendship for you. Nova was the happy one who got passionate over the littlest thing. Everything and everyone made her happy because she felt like they each have or had a purpose in her life in making it as wonderful as it is. While I was the more chill one who was content with the little thing but just kept it pushing. Never stopping to smell the roses just kept it moving with my eyes on the prize. But even though we were totally opposites we were best friends and have been since the sixth grade. 

“Hey you want to get something to eat?” Nova asked. “Yeah let get five guys I want a milkshake.” I said. We hopped in Nova’s car. I turn on the radio bopping my head along to song I like and change the station when I didn’t. Nova and I making small talk here and there. We pulled up, got our food, and just got sat in the car and ate until we finish.
Nova started the car the radio started playing Money by Cardi B. “Oh this my song Money, Money, Money.” I sang and rap along to ever word. Nova just laughed look at me from the corner of her eye. The reason why was because and I mean this Nova was a perfect driver. She always kept her eyes on the road, both hands on the steering wheel, never speed, and not only that she passes her driver test on the first try. It took me three. 
We pulled up to a red light. Just laughing and singing along with the radio. The light turned green. We started driving again just for the blaring lights of an incoming car headlights to collide right into us. Now it was just darkness.