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  • By Julie Finegan, Visual and Literary Arts Coordinator

    This year, the City of Pleasanton Teen Poet Laureates undertook several programs and events.  They collected encouraging poems for the military, written by residents, and sent them off to soldiers overseas.  They juried poetry submissions from middle school students, created an anthology of poems written by the winners, and held a culminating event for the students and their parents.  They held a couple teen oriented open mic “coffee nights” at Inklings Coffee and Tea, and participated in the Pleasanton Middle School poetry evening hosted by teacher Barbara Comstock.  Two of our teens, Kyler Juarez and Kyle Mular, are graduating from Amador and Foothill, respectively, and we wish them the very best of luck in their futures.

    Following is a poem by each of the graduates:

    The War

    By Kyle Mular

     

    Dark looms over

    Eternally.

    A hero

    A star

    Always pokes through.

    A silent one

    Where the world

    Shall speak for him.

    A long fight

    An eternal war

    Drawing closer and closer to

    What seems like a victory

    For the now.

    Because once

    The sky was complete darkness

    Now there are stars.

    If that means anything

    It’s something that can be grabbed.

    Happiness

    No matter how ephemeral.

    Must be fought for

    Must die for.

    Must live for.

     

    Ode to High School

    by Kyler Juarez

     

    The years have come and gone,

    The winds of change at hand

    Our days have waned to nights

    Filled with study, though we stand

    As one school united,

    Shrouded in victory, both meek and strong,

    Awaiting the passing minutes

    Till we are liberated from our youthful bonds

    We stand upon this grassy plain,

    Arm in arm and hand in hand,

    Though the minutes tick slowly on,

    We reminisce the times we’ve had

     

    Tears flow and goodbyes said,

    How silly they once seemed,

    A distant travesty,

    That we should say goodbye

    To those friendships born in adversity

    The road stretches before us,

    And we gather, awaiting the call

    Yes, how silly it all once seemed,

    When we were still very small,

    But though our features change,

    And we grow older, wiser, and strong

    That sensation never diminishes,

    Even now when we feel two feet tall

     

    The world is waiting, with breath that is bated,

    To see and hear the words of our generation

    We are adults, yes, but forever children too,

    Holding each other and crying anew

    The lessons we’ve learned, the friendships we’ve forged

    Are too plain to be mistaken

    As the knowledge we’ve acquired to better our nation

    The sun is bright on this Midsummer Day

    And it feels as though it may all slip away, but never fret

    For don’t you see, high school is not just a memory.

     

     

     

     

     

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