Editor's note: This play was created as part of a YWP Academy workshop that was led by Middlebury College's Advanced Writing class under the direction of playwright Dana Yeaton. The play was selected as one of the 12 best middle school plays of the year and was presented on stage (video above) by actors at the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival on May 11, 2017. Congratulations to Della. Take a watch (or read of the written play below) and tell her what you think!
I've been thinking recently. I've been thinking we need to talk. I've been thinking we might need to discuss some things. I've been thinking I want a little more time with you. I've been thinking I need to show you what I really mean about... Nevermind. I've been thinking about all this stuff at school and my exams and all the homework I have to do and how I wish it could just do itself and how stressful school is. Oh, you knew that already, ok. Um...Well I've been thinking about how the world keeps moving on its axis no matter what's occurring on top of it, how time keeps ticking away and I can’t keep a hold on it, how I could meet someone who could have been my best friend in the whole wide world and it was just the wrong place or the wrong time.
when we walked side by side on trails memorized by my feet i felt like we could walk forever. but we didnt not together the sun fell down and the sky grew darker, the trails narrower, and the trees taller
we met a fork in our path and because i failed to find enough courage to pull you closer we ended up turning separate ways.
when the sun woke the next morning i could see you through the treesyour happiness warming me from a distance you could see me too and shouted out to tell me that whatever trail you fell upon was full of astonishing things and you told me that youd really like to keep walking it i quite liked my trail too it had perfect trees for climbing a stream dancing along the side
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Thanks to the 25+ youths and adults who met Thursday May 18 to think and talk about the beginnings of the Youth Voices of Change Project (better name to be decided! :) ) a concentration of effort to help Muslim youths and youths of color to gain the skills, confidence and audience to be heard.
This youth-led project is just getting underway and YWP was so appreciative of the energy and ideas expressed in a forming meeting in Burlington.