Once I was a mean baby
Once I was a tiny toddler
Once I was a kindergartener
Now I am 10
Once I was a funny dancer
Once I was a crazy kid
Once I was short
Now I am kind of tall
Once I was in first grade
Once I was going to get to skip to third grade
Once I jumped out of a tree
Now I am smarter than that
Once I was scared
Once I was happy
Once I was 9
Now I am a 5th grader who is 10, soon to be 11
Age 10, Grade 5
Covenant Christian Academy
He scutters around his wire rack cage,
Sticking his nose through the bars.
He says to me, "Please feed me."
I dump in a hefty scoop,
Then he says to me, "Thank you for this seedy meal."
He jumps up to his wire rack loft where I sing him a lullaby.
He takes a nap just like he should.
Awaking to a cardboard surprise,
He chews it up into some bedding,
Stuffs it into his mouth, and climbs up to his loft again.
Then he takes another nap and dreams a seedy dream.
A blanket of blended blue
filling the sky with its wonders
fluffy, wispy clouds forming in shapes of all kinds
creating visions that come to my mind
momentarily shielding the sun from my view
patiently waiting for the rays to break through
the beautiful blue sky starts to fade
the wisping wind lifts up my braid
golden stars shining bright
the huge moon glowing white
a warm sheet of darkness wash es over the world
it feels so soft like a quilt unfurled
I watch from my window this beautiful sight
We sit behind desks
As they try to teach us
Math, Reading, and Science
Writing for hours
Seven to be exact
For One Hundred and Eighty days a year
But it's for a good cause
The teachers are just try ing to get us to where we need tobe
They care about us
They are not trying to make us feel stupid
With As, Bs, Cs, Ds, or Fs
It's just what they do as teachers
And it's what we learn …
Age 13, Grade 8
Trexler Middle School
Allentown School District
It is about to get jazzy in center-city Allentown. The inaugural Allentown Jazz Fest launches April 28 and continues through May 3. The six-day event will take place at various sites throughout the revitalized downtown district.
The Allentown Jazz Fest has been just shy of a year in the making, according to Atty. Bryan Tuk, Executive Director and CEO of Performing Arts Live, organizer of the event.
"Woman In Gold" is a compelling tale of political obstinacy, one woman's quest to regain her birthright, and the lawyer who fought for her cause.
The story is not unfamiliar: The looting of priceless family treasures and art by the Nazis during World War II.
Community Music School - Lehigh Valley's Benefit Recital Series continues with a performance featuring Rebekah Graver, soprano, with Dr. Martha Schrempel, piano, 2 p.m. April 25, Rodale Community Room, Third Floor, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St, Allentown. Doors open at 1 p.m.
The performance, previously scheduled for March 1, was postponed because of inclement weather.
The event is free and open to the public, but with a free-will donation requested to benefit student scholarships.
Reservations suggested: 610-435-7725
What thoughts I have of you tonight Allen
Ginsberg, for I strolled through Harlem
gazing upon Angel-headed hipsters
meditating on the great yellow rose in your
In my unquenchable thirst, and desperate for
the caffeination of a Beat, I entered the
brooding café for penance when the light
appeared, casting me into your reality.
What dark roasts and waking death! Whole
realities brewing in pots. Jars of individual
Buddha beans! Communes of Sangha
grinds, mouthfuls of Dharma! – and you, Mr.
The tips of the trees kiss my wings,
I am a graceful beast.
My talons are powerful blades of diamond.
My feathers are spun of silver.
My wings are so powerful they control the sky.
They gleam like steel.
My beak is like ice, hard and cold.
My eyes hold knowledge and speak of many things.
I can be fast and slow.
My howls stretch to every corner of the earth.
Nothing can escape my penetrating, analyzing gaze.
I manipulate the elements.
I pour my emotions on those below,
But even I have my boundaries.
"National Pastime," an original musical with music and lyrics by Albert M. Tapper and book by Tony Sportiello through April 19, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, is hoping to get called up to the big leagues, aka the bright lights of Broadway.
"I wrote the music and lyrics to the show. We started working on it a few years ago and it's played now in five different cities. We are hoping that from Bucks County we take it to Broadway," says Tapper in a phone interview.