Category: Student Writing

Mother

Alex Young, Grade 12 2017 Fall Ambassador When harsh words, did tumble, Out from my pink mouth, You did not scorch me With burning words of scorn, Or drag me out to shiver Before the cold truth of winter. With a gentle hand upon my shoulder, You taught me for once to see the face […]

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Curtain of the Seasons

Alex Young, Grade 12 2017 Fall Ambassador I had skipped so fast on the sidewalk, Past the soft brown soils of Summer, With her warm gaze upon my back, That when her daily walks above me, Through the linen clouds grew shorter, I did not yet realize her sickness. In a turn of yellow-orange, Pink […]

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GeoPersonal

Alex Young, Grade 12Fall 2017 Ambassador Little did we know,That we would always rememberWhere we were,That fateful September.Those burning planes flewAcross the worldOver every house and city.It was GeoPersonal.The striped flag came upAnd its billowing folds,Seemed for once,To make the bitter halves wholeBut cruel time knows onlyThe fighting strife and deviseOf the politking agenda.It’s GeoPersonalElections cement […]

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The Plight of the Persimmon and the Victory of the Chip

Brynna Connolly, Grade 11 Mercy High School 2017 Ambassador Worry clouds my face as I bite into my first ever persimmon, and disgust quickly replaces it. The urge to spit is being held back only by the host of angels that guide me. The remaining juice in my mouth makes me feel as if I’ve […]

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Food Language

Brynna Connolly, Grade 11 Mercy High School 2017 Ambassador I’ve always had a knack for speaking foreign languages. Spanish and French are my favorites. Food and culture comes with it when you immerse yourself in language. My knowledge of cultures that are not my own became a sort of desperado for me. If I was […]

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The Strength of the Irish Star

Brynna Connolly, Grade 11 Mercy High School 2017 Ambassador Originally my parents argued about what was to become my name. Eventually, they learned to compromise, so, here I am today. The one thing that they did not know, I keep close to me: that in Irish Gaelic my name reflects the strength that lives inside […]

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The Cat’s Meow vs The Hamster’s Sneeze

Brynna Connolly, Grade 11 Mercy High School 2017 Ambassador I am both the cat’s meow and the hamster’s sneeze. My meow is loud and refuses to go unnoticed. A roar of sorts, erupting from my soul and commanding the attention of anyone and everyone close enough to hear. But I am also the hamster’s sneeze. […]

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Classroom Authors – A collection of writing from students at Hamtramck High School

One Earth Writing grew out of the desire to connect youth in that crucial time when they are carving out their identities, so that meeting peers from different races, religions, and socioeconomic origins becomes part of that identity imprint. Meeting someone across the table, pens in hand, notebooks open, brought together by a shared love […]

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Origin Story: Detroit

I grew up in Detroit, a beautiful place to be. A home where we all gathered to eat, sleep, and dream. Loud it was, kids in the streets Playing night and day; only pause for a brief. Spirits, we were told, will come to haunt So hurry, it’s after dark Clutching to our blankets, slowly […]

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Origin Stories: Huda School & Southwest Detroit Community School

Two people who may have thought they were different Find out they are the same They both enjoy their parks and places to play Yes, they have differences. They come from different places Different religions And have different faces Mariah’s parents were born in Iraq While Braijene’s were born here We both enjoy our family […]

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To Whom it may Concern: a collaboration between Huda School and Southwest Detroit Community

One Earth Writing brought together the mostly Arab-American Muslim students from Huda School in Franklin with the mostly Latino and African-American students from Southwest Detroit Community School for a collaborative writing workshop on March 22nd. The students worked  to build a better understanding of self, identity, dispel stereotypes, and learn from one another to reach […]

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I Am A Unicorn

I am a unicorn I am free I am real I am me I am a unicorn Some may doubt My being here But I am real And I am near To be a unicorn you must be pure No doubt or fear in your heart You must be sure To be a unicorn You […]

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To The People

To The People By Michelle Shrimer My people traveled deserts. Your People traveled seas. Our people let them wander, And called them refugees. My and your and our claims, From funny foods to silly names From country borders to stale lines We separate what’s yours and mine But never talk about what’s ours To exercise […]

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Dates

By Shaza Chaudry, Grade 9Flavors of our Faiths WorkshopOf the early morning Before the rising of the sun Before it’s rays have lit the sky The faucets start to run And of the coolest glass of water Lying on a single plate The many hands begin to reach For the freshly rinsed date And the […]

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