May 13
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Today my friend Anabel and I resurrected some shrimp.
During the lab we were observing these shrimp when our teacher forced us to put them in fresh water. 
We did not want to do it.
But he said it was, “In the name of science.” 
Our petri dish contained several miniscule shrimp.
They were just minding their business swimming around playfully.
We put them in fresh water.
They started to swim a little slower.
Until only their legs were moving. 
Eventually they curled up and stopped moving altogether.
All of a sudden we got a great idea!
We would take the shrimp out of the fresh water and place them back in salt water.
We waited expectantly.
I was looking through the microscope when I began to detect some movement in their legs.
We became ecstatic!
They began swimming and we gave a sigh of relief.
We had saved these shrimp from their untimely death. 
Mar 18
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The Accident

It was an unusually sunny December afternoon when we got the news that my cousin had been in an accident. He was the passenger in an ATV when they flipped. His friend who was driving managed to get out from under the ATV and run for help. My grandfather was unaware of his condition but we knew that my cousin, Cole, was being DARTed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The accident happened in Barnet, Vermont, so my aunt and uncle were far away from the hospital. My family decided to go meet Cole at the hospital. When we arrived at the emergency department my cousin had not arrived yet. We sat in the green chairs by a long window and waited for an update. On the way to the hospital, my mom had called my godmother and asked her to meet us at there. About thirty minutes after we arrived at the hospital she showed up with coloring books and markers. Shortly after, the rest of my family began to arrive. My aunt and uncle went through the double doors to visit Cole.
Feb 10
poem 0 comments challenge: Knew
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I just knew 
You know?
I knew that it wasn't going to last forever
It couldn't
that one day it would be over...

No matter how much you want it to stay the same
change is innevitable 
It is going to hurt 

But one day I will wake up and realise that it is okay 
That this changed helped me grow...
It helped me learn. 
I will become a better person because of it 

But until that day 
It will hurt.

Why does it have to hurt 
I never thought I would care 
this much

I just knew.
knew it could never last forever 
knew it had to change