• Originally, I wanted to do a softball tournament trailer for my team to see at the end of our season. However, the footage got deleted. Luckily I had a backup plan to tell a few stories through photos I have taken

  • Hi Mackenzie! Thank you for sharing your poem! In my opinion, lots of people (not just students) can find this relatable. In some way or another, we have all stood up and cheered on someone else in our life time.

  • Hi Hadley! Thank you for sharing your piece. I agree with your stance to some degree. However, I do think that there are certain things that are not in our reality. For example, I know that I will never be capable of being an Olympic figure skater. So, hard work can always lead to results but maybe not always the results we want.

  • I really enjoyed your poem. It is powerful and the reader gets to know you a little more. Thank you for sharing your piece!

  • Tala commented on the post, Fate 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Abdullah!
    This is a very powerful piece! I too agree with your stance on how faith is just an excuse to get out of doing work but there are also things that are not in our reality to achieve. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Tala wrote a new post, Impaired 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hope you enjoy my short story! 🙂

    I should not have gone in. My parents would kill me if they found out. How was I supposed to know what he would do? I didn’t think much of it since he is visually impaired. But I

  • Tala commented on the post, Don't Leaf Me 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hii MacKenzie,

    I absolutely love this poem. You made seem as though it was a relationship between longtime friends or a mother and her kid. Thank you for sharing your poem!

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    I CAN’T SPEAK THIS LANGUAGE

    BUT I HAVE TO ASK A QUESTION

    CHILDREN SPOKE AROUND ME

    I DID NOT FEEL WELL BUT HOW DO I SAY THAT

    AND GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE I THROW UP

    NO ONE SEEMS TO NOTICE

    I AM SLOWLY SI

    • I really like this poem! It has a twist on it that is different from Cruz’s original work. I feel that the character portrayed is anxious, about to burst (logically so) versus the more out of place, frustrated, character that Cruz presents. Very very well done 🙂

      Thanks for you work,

      Natalya

    • I think it is beautiful how you used language to speak about language barrier. I personally used to have trouble with language because I grew up speaking Spanish and I felt behind in everyday conversations. Well done:)

    • I really thought this poem was beautiful. I liked how you made the text in all capital letter, because it demonstrates how urgent this child’s need for communication is. This addresses a very real issue with the language barrier and how many children feel when they cannot communicate. Great job!

    • I think this was a very thought provoking post. I am taking another language in school right now and initially thought I was decent. What I found was that I am good at written aspects of the language, but conversational I still struggle on. This language barrier is hard to overcome and I thought your work presented a big social consensus.

  • Tala commented on the post, The Sloth 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hii Tara,

    I really enjoyed your poem. Thank you for sharing it. It was very short and quick to the point. You also told the facts in a rather humorous fashion which made this poem very enjoyable.

  • I think this is a very common question that has been asked. In my opinion, one should be allowed to love whoever they want to without expecting that love in return. Some people are simply capable of loving others more easily. However, I do agree with the fact that we all want to be loved at the ed of the day which makes this topic very complicated.

  • Hi Jimmy,
    I really enjoyed your poem, Thank you for sharing it, I think many can relate with the internal struggle of getting out of bed.
    -Tala

  • Tala commented on the post, by the seaside 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Naomi,
    I really enjoyed your poem and thank you for sharing it. Your description of that specific moment made me miss the beach and warm weather.

  • Hi Ryan,
    I really enjoyed your poem and thank you for sharing it. I think my twelve year old self can definitely relate to how you realized at the end that you were not as rave as you thought. Even now, I like to think that I am braver than I actually am. But, i think that is the only way to face your fears.

  • Hello Juray,
    you are definitely not alone when it comes to not eating breakfast. I think because of the start time of school, students must often choose to either sleep in and give up a meal or, wake up early and expect to feel more tired.

  • Hi Autumn,
    I really enjoyed your piece because it tells me a lot about you. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Marcus and Profile picture of TalaTala are now friends 2 years, 5 months ago

  • Child, if you leave me, you should know that the world is cruel.

    You will come back running to your mama just like before.

    Come back to me before I am nevermore.

    Stay by my side and abide by my

    • Hello Tala
      I loved reading your poem. I really can relate to the younger person talking to there mother. I think this is a conversation that my mother and I have had countless times. I think that as college grows closer and closer some parents try to hold on more and more. Parents are conflicted on weather to let there child go and become an adult or hold on and keep the young for as long as possible. Parents worry that there child is going to get hurt. I feel like any mom or dad will try to protect them from getting hurt in the really world. No matter old how we are, even when we have are own kids, our parents will still see us as that five year old that ran after the ice cream truck or the teenager crying after there first heartbreak. We will forever be there child.

    • Hi Tala,
      I loved your poem and how you rhymed at the end of each line in different patterns. I also loved your theme, it really relates to me as I am preparing to go off to college and my mother sounds just like the mom in this poem. She still wants me to be her little girl and I keep telling her it’s time to let me go out and experience things on my own.

    • Hey Tala,
      Nice post! This really puts things into perspective as the seniors (myself included) are getting ready to head off to college or whatever they plan on doing next.

      Rylan Rawson

    • Heeeeeey Tala,

      This one is my favorite poem from you haha! I think we are all in the same situation with our parents, because hey, college is right across the road for us , seniors, and we all know how painful and difficult for our parents is to let their kid go out and explore the world.

      WIsh you the best.

      xoxo 😀

    • Dear Tala
      I am very touched by your poem because I feel like the only thing kids want these days is to grow up, and be able to set their own rules. However little do they know that with this comes great responsibility. One thing you said that stands out for me is “If you leave, I may not be here anymore” The reason this quotes stands out for me is because once you move out of your parents house everything from food, rent to expenses is up to you. Also, there’s nothing more comforting than coming home to your parents. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would love to read more touching poems!

    • Great poem! Very relatable being a senior in high school. I’m excited to have more freedom but I understand that at the same time I have to be safe, smart, and responsible.

    • Tala, I really enjoyed your piece of writing and thank you for sharing it with the world. This piece really speaks to me as our parents who have been watching over us these past 18 years are slowly fading out of our lives. We are approaching the end of high school and the beginning of our individualism. To truly discover ourselves we must learn to let go but not forget the impact our parents had on us. For now we must better mold our minds and open barriers we may have once had under our own guidance.

    • Dear Tala:

      I am very interested by your Leaving The Nest Article. I am interested in it because it describes a mother and child’s experience when a child leaves the nest. One sentence that stands out to me is “If you leave, I may not be here anymore.” this sentence stood out to me because its basically saying when the child leaves the mother will feel empty inside. Another sentence that stood out to me is “You may think you are all grown, but you only finished high school.” this sentence stands out to me because just cause a child graduates high school does not mean they are grown. Your article reminds me of situations with my mom and her letting me grown up. My mom was very excited when i got my first job, but didnt want me to stop needing her. She also didnt want me to be on my own and make unresponsible decisions. She end up getting over here fear of letting me go and accepted the fact that i was growing up. Thanks for your writing. i look forward to seeing what you write next time time because i look forward to reading about more similar life like events. I can relate to this article so i will be coming back for more articles i can relate to.

    • Dear Tala,

      I truly loved you poem. You story describes a mother point of view . This reminds me of my mother and how she chatters on and on to me. As college approaches I feel as if I am grown but this poem helped me realizes that my mother is trying to help me as much as he can .

    • Dear Tala
      I enjoyed your poem. This poem, I think everyone can agree including me, can relate. People suffer from the smothering and love their mothers give. Their so used to taking care of our every need it gets hard, for them to hear that you don’t.

    • Dear talla,
      i am very touched by your poem leaving the nest because i can relate. I was a very busy child and wanted venture in to the world and expierience things. One Sentence that stands out to me is , ” I want to make a difference there is a lot to do”. I like this stanza because it reminds me of myself. Another sentence that stood out for me is , “its about time i left the nest and flew” because i like how they used a different way of saying growing up and going out on your own. Your poem reminds me of the younger me. Thanks for your writing. i look forward to seeing what you write next, because i think you have a true gift.

    • Tala,

      Thank you for posting this poem here. I was wondering if this was an In the Style Of poem? If so, who inspired this writing? A source would be much appreciated. I enjoyed this piece of writing!

    • Dear Tala,
      You did a good job.

    • Dear Tala
      I am loving your poem about leaving the nest because I relate. I have been in the same situation that you have and feel the same exact way.

  • Tala commented on the post, A Reason Why 2 years, 5 months ago

    I love this piece of writing! It is short, but packs a lot of meaning which can at times have the most impact on the readers. Overall, it is very well said and I can relate to how certain places make me feel a certain way.

  • Hi Valeria,
    I am very sorry to hear about your predicament. However, I admire the way that you are approaching this problem and acknowledging what you have to do to solve it. Just from reading what you wrote, I can tell that you have a very bright future ahead of you. Keep on writing and I hope everything works out well!

    Good luck with everything,
    Tala

  • Tala commented on the post, Being Dead 2 years, 5 months ago

    I feel like many can relate to that feeling as well. I am very curious to hear what happens next in this book. Is his feeling of paranoia going to translate into something or not?

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