• I love to go to Bay Plaza Mall. It’s my favorite place in the Bronx. The mall has good stores for me to shop in like Victoria Secret/Pink. I love how as soon as I walk into the mall, it smells like Cinnabon. Ci

  • Dear Coleman:

    I am saddened by your essay, “Gateway – Daddy” because it’s crazy that the author hates her father for dying. I feel bad for her because he died.

    One line that stands out for me is, “When her father died, it was also the year that World war 2 was going on and as a young eight year old it must’ve been very traumatic to have he…[Read more]

  • A reader’s first impression of “A Birthday” by “Christina Rossetti” might be that she is celebrating her birthday with the love of her life, and yet, there is something sad about this. The poem provokes questions

  • Dear Chloe,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad it helped you understand my poem more.

  • The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled

    • Dear Ashley :

      I am interested about your poem, “A Birthday,” because of the line the author started the poem with. Also, the title of the poem is very creative to me.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled with lushness and fertility. I commented “Maybe her heart is pounding so hard that it sounds like a beat or a song.” ” I think this is relatable because I also don’t see how it’s about a birthday.

      Another sentence that stood out to me was: “The poem makes me wonder “Who was her love?” and “When was her birthday?”. The poem answers “Who was her love?” by portraying her love as someone who supported the author. I know because she said “Because my love is come to me.” This proves my prediction more because it represents the reason why the author seemed happy. It must’ve been the best birthday she’s ever had.” This stood out for me because now I see why the poem is called “A Birthday”.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Chloe,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad it helped you understand my poem more.

  • My first impression of this poem was that the author is celebrating her birthday with the love of her life.  It made me feel appreciative, yet, at the same time, miserable. A line that especially evokes my

  • Ashley posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    No my mom is really strict. My dad is more lenient with certain things.

  • Ashley commented on the post, Bio 5 months ago

    Thank you for writing this. It means a lot. My 3 bros and 1 sis and I are close but I hardly see them.

  • Dear Octavio:

    I am amazed by your place, “Largest Park in New York City,” because it seems calming. I like the last picture the most. It looks so cool.

    One line that stands out for me is, “It’s where we chill and relax after a long day.” I think this line is relatable because I like to relax. I would only relax there if it’s not too hot and n…[Read more]

  • Ashley commented on the post, Zilker Park 6 months ago

    Dear LaDayzia:

    I am amazed by your photograph, “Zilker Park” because it seems like a fun place. That is somewhere I would go on a nice cool day with no bugs.

    One part of your photograph that stands out for me is where people were swimming with dogs. I think this is interesting because I would do the opposite of that.

    Another part that I lov…[Read more]

  • Ashley wrote a new post, Bay Plaza Mall 6 months ago

    The mall’s vibe, so chilled! It’s filled The vibe that makes you thrilled.From store to store, hands filled with bagsSo brand new still filled with tags

    The first floor, that brand called PinkAte it all, in

  • Ashley commented on the post, Kinda My Thing 6 months ago

    Dear Holly :

    I am shocked by your poem, “Kinda My Thing,” because I think it’s interesting that you own so many animals especially snakes and rats. I would be scared of living with them.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I currently own a python, a boa, 4 furry rats, 2 naked rats, 5 mice, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 Madagascar hissing…[Read more]

  • Ashley commented on the post, Kinda My Thing 6 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Holley. I think it’s interesting that you own so many animals especially snakes and rats. I would be scared of living with them.

  • Ashley commented on the post, I am Me 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Great poem!!

  • Ashley wrote a new post, Bio 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    My name is Ashley Parkinson. I am 16 years old. I was born in NY on January 26, 2003. Currently, I live in the Bronx, but I used to live in Queens when I was younger for 9 months. Both of my parents are Jamaican

    • Dear Ashley:

      I am interested in your bio because it is hard to imagine what it is like being the only child in a house.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t live with me. I’ve always wanted younger siblings so I’ve always felt lonely.” I think this is a little sad because I am really close to my older sister and we live together. I would be sad if I did not have her in my life because I look up to her tremendously. She makes me laugh, a lot. I hope you are able to connect to your older sisters even though they are older.

      Another sentence that made me curious was: “I live in the Bronx, but I used to live in Queens when I was younger for 9” This stood out for me because I once went to Queens for a girls trip. It was a lot different from Texas.

      Thanks for your writing and for sharing about your life.

      • Thank you for writing this. It means a lot. My 3 bros and 1 sis and I are close but I hardly see them.

  • Ashley commented on the post, You can do it! 7 months ago

    Dear Kelly:
    I’m amazed by your poem “You can do it!” because I can relate to it. It’s hard for me to get up in the morning. I hate getting up.

  • Ashley wrote a new post, I remember 7 months ago

    I remember when my parents, siblings, and I used to go on road trips. I remember how long it took to reach our destination. I remember when we went on cruises every few years.  I remember when my little cousins

  • Ashley wrote a new post, Where I'm From 7 months ago

    I am from dishesFrom Palmolive and blue spongesfrom blanket forts in my room(comfy, yet hard)I am from constant yelling in my houseAnd loud cats outside my houseI’m from Jamaican foodAnd accentsFrom Claudette a

  • Ashley wrote a new post, Pina Colada 7 months ago

    Tasty and smooth likesipping on a tropical islandIts cold surface like Chilling on a peninsula likeBeing at the beachThe water’s chilly temperatureCold but relaxing

  • Henry and Profile picture of AshleyAshley are now friends 1 year ago

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